Mr. Bill Gilmour (Nanaimo—Alberni, Ref.)
moved for leave to introduce Bill C-448, an act to amend the Access to Information Act (Crown corporations).
Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to reintroduce my private member's bill, an act to amend the Access to Information Act, which would include all crown corporations.
Clearly, Canadians want an open and accountable government and access to information ensures that the government is as transparent as is reasonably possible. Yet some crown corporations, not all, such as CBC and Canada Post, which are funded by public money, are exempt from access to information.
Crown corporations must be open, accessible and accountable to all the taxpayers because we pay the bills.
What my bill would do is open all crown corporations to public scrutiny and ensure that the corporations are open to honesty, integrity and openness. In other words, all corporations would be available to access to information.
(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)
Topic: Routine Proceedings
Subtopic: Access To Information Act