Update: Antle announces ‘10 point commitment’

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Liberal leadership candidate Paul Antle has released a 10-point plan to re-vamp the province’s Access to Information and Privacy Protection legislation.

At a press conference in front of Confederation Building in St. John’s this afternoon — marked by what Liberal MP for Avalon Scott Andrews called the “winds of change” — Antle told reporters he would repeal Bill 29 and have the Information Commissioner develop new access legislation independent of government.

“Bill 29 is the most regressive piece of legislation to have been passed by the House of Assembly since Confederation,” Antle told reporters, flanked by fellow Liberals Andrews, Scott Simms, George Baker and George Furey, and amidst the loud, frantic flapping of flags overhead.

Antle said, as he has campaigned, he has been presented with case after case of people, organizations and municipal governments being unable to access information specifically as a result of the province’s current Access to Information legislation.

He would not provide any specific examples of access frustrations.

He did, however, make multiple references to the multi-billion-dollar Muskrat Falls project and contracting by Nalcor Energy as being hidden from the public.

 

Meanwhile, here is Paul Antle's 10 point commitment to drafting directions for the information commissioner:

1. Independence from ministers offices

2. Protect people's personal information

3.Timely responses to those requesting information

4. All government agencies and Crown corporations fall under and must comply

5. All major agreements with government open to members of the public

6. Cannot hide behind 'corporate sensitive information'

7. Cabinet has to make all orders in council public in a timely manner

8. Protect cabinet confidences but limit cabinet exceptions

9. Ensure that all ministers and their offices are open to access requests

10. All party committee to review legislation every three years

 

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(Earlier story)

Liberal leadership hopeful Paul Antle will stand before the cameras to formally accept an endorsement from MP Scott Andrews this afternoon.

Antle’s shop has issued a statement saying he will be in front of the Confederation Building at 1 p.m. to accept the endorsement of the Liberal MP for Avalon.

He will also be releasing a “10 point commitment for an open government.”

Antle already holds an endorsement from his friend, and Liberal MP for Bonavista-Gander-Grand Falls-Windsor, Scott Simms.

The majority of endorsements from Liberal politicians in the province still sits with one of Antle’s challengers, Dwight Ball. Cathy Bennett, Jim Bennett and Danny Dumaresque are also in the running for the leadership.

 

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  • Mr. Antle please listen to the people .
    September 10, 2013 - 07:54

    Surely Mr. Antle if you think Bill 29 must be overturned then you must think that an Anti-Corruption Commission should be established to combat what Bill 29 was enacted to hide.

  • Mr. Antle please listen to the people
    September 10, 2013 - 07:52

    Surely Mr. Antle if you think Bill 29 must be overturned then you must think that an Anti-Corruption Commission should be established to combat what Bill 29 was enacted to hide.

  • Marjorie
    September 09, 2013 - 17:24

    Mr Antle I read everything, and listen to everything that you and the other four liberal's hopeful, had to say, and in my opinion the man from corner brook, the liberal said no too, put ye guys to shame, Lease that man was talking about N & L as a hold. for some reason he still got more support then ye crowed. Judy Morrow did you and the rest a favor by saying no to him. LOL .. Only thing we lost..

  • Jim
    September 09, 2013 - 15:50

    Don't be fooled by a couple of good polls. The Liberals need to generate some cred that they really are ready to govern this province. Today's public relations event by Antle was lame.

  • Mr. Antle also say you will create an Anti-Corruption Squad to oversee the Muskrat Falls Contract.
    September 09, 2013 - 14:54

    Mr. Antle please, in addition to disbanding Bill 29 you should announce that you will also establish an Anti-Corruption Commission to oversee the Muskrat Falls Contact and the dealings within that contract . That should be very potent in your bid for the Liberal Leaders job and propelling you to become the next Premier of the province.

  • Scott
    September 09, 2013 - 14:07

    Mr Antle did you read Bill 29? If your answer is no. Then you need too,

  • Donna
    September 09, 2013 - 13:59

    Mr Antle is this the best you can come up with? Here my question to you concerning Muskrat falls, The same question I ask Mr Murphy , when I meet him in gander, at the liberal debate. If you were the leader of the provincial liberal party, ( how would you go about, easing the burden of the taxpayers back concerning muskrat falls ) When I ask Mr Murphy, he gave me a straight forwards answer. Think you can? Or maybe one of the other four liberal hopeful.. I bet you can't.. LOL

  • Pauline
    September 09, 2013 - 13:32

    Now I know why the liberal had to say no to Charles Murphy of corner brook, Because if this is the best the liberal have to offer the people we are lost for sure. So far the only man who had any clue what's to do for the people was Mr Murphy. Your 10 point commitment. SUCK. with all the issue we have, this is what you call a solution to our problem. Mr Antle you really don't know what going on in our province of N&L. Just like the other four liberal hopeful.

  • Pauline
    September 09, 2013 - 13:31

    Now I know why the liberal had to say no to Charles Murphy of corner brook, Because if this is the best the liberal have to offer the people we are lost for sure. So far the only man who had any clue what's to do for the people was Mr Murphy. Your 10 point commitment. SUCK. with all the issue we have, this is what you call a solution to our problem. Mr Antle you really don't know what going on in our province of N&L. Just like the other four liberal hopeful.

  • Pauline
    September 09, 2013 - 13:30

    Now I know why the liberal had to say no to Charles Murphy of corner brook, Because if this is the best the liberal have to offer the people we are lost for sure. So far the only man who had any clue what's to do for the people was Mr Murphy. Your 10 point commitment. SUCK. with all the issue we have, this is what you call a solution to our problem. Mr Antle you really don't know what going on in our province of N&L. Just like the other four liberal hopeful.

  • Not Dean MacDonald
    September 09, 2013 - 12:10

    Scott Andrews was executive director of the Liberal party in 2003 under Roger Grimes. Andrews job was to get memberships and candidates leading into the general election. The Liberals got turfed out.

  • Not Dean MacDonald
    September 09, 2013 - 12:09

    Scott Andrews was executive director of the Liberal party in 2003 under Roger Grimes. Andrews job was to get memberships and candidates leading into the general election. The Liberals got turfed out.