February 24, 2004 (37th Parliament, 3rd Session)


John Bryden


Mr. John Bryden

Yes, Mr. Speaker, the archives act does need to be upgraded for the reasons that the member mentioned. However, he might like to know that the current act provides a penalty of two years in jail for people who deliberately try to circumvent the content of the act. I would suggest that anyone who fails to keep documents or destroys documents is breaking the existing law and that should come out in the sponsorship inquiry that is underway right now.

Topic:   Private Members' Business
Subtopic:   Open Government Act
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