Post Tagged with: "open government"

Is the Government’s Open Initiative Now Closed?

Appeared in the Toronto Star on October 16, 2011 as Is the Government’s Open Initiative Now Closed? The Canadian government unveiled its open government initiative amid considerable fanfare earlier this year. Just days before the spring election, then-Treasury Board President Stockwell Day announced specific commitments to open dialogue and open […]

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October 17, 2011 Comments are Disabled Columns Archive

Liberals First Out With Their Digital Economy Strategy

The Liberals have released their election platform and included within the section on the economy is the outline of a digital economy strategy. The platform focuses on three key areas for the global economy, identifying the digital environment as one of the three. While the digital economy platform still requires […]

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April 3, 2011 39 comments News

House of Commons Committee Invites Comments on Open Government

The House of Commons Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics has invited the public to provide submissions on its open government study.  I appeared before the committee last month.

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January 28, 2011 1 comment News

Open Government: My Appearance Before the Standing Committee on Ethics, Accountability & Privacy

Last week I had the opportunity to appear before the Standing Committee on Ethics, Accountability & Privacy to discuss open government. My comments – and many of the questions that followed – focused on crown copyright and access to information.  The committee hearing stream can be found here.  My opening statement is posted below.

Appearance before the Standing Committee on Ethics, Accountability & Privacy
December 9, 2010

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December 13, 2010 8 comments Committees, News

Liberals To Launch Major Open Government Policy Initiative

For months, Canadians have been pointing with envy to open data/open government initiatives in the U.S., U.K., and Australia as those countries push forward with strong commitments to open data and Canada sits quietly on the sidelines.  While the federal government has been very slow to move, sources say that the opposition Liberal Party will be unveiling its commitment to open government today. [update: policy posted]  The four part commitment will include:

  • A commitment to make as many government datasets as possible available to the public online free of charge at in an open and searchable format, starting with Statistics Canada data, including data from the long-form census;
  • A commitment to post all Access to Information requests, responses, and response times online at
  • A commitment to make information on all government grants, contributions and contracts available through a searchable, online database at
  • A commitment to immediately restore the long-form census

The open government/open data commitment is particularly noteworthy since it will apparently include a direction to all federal departments and agencies to adopt an open government principle where the default position is to provide information to the public. The plans for access to information would also be enormously helpful, including restoring the CAIRS database and following the recent UK lead by making all documents released under ATI available online.

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October 21, 2010 15 comments News