Access to information review announced

James McLeod
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Premier Tom Marshall and Public Engagement Minister Steve Kent have announced that former premier Clyde Wells will study the province's access to information system.

Premier Tom Marshall and Public Engagement Minister Steve Kent announced that former premier Clyde Wells will  study the province's access to information system.— Photo by James McLeod/The Telegram

Reviewing the access to information legislation was the first order of business for Marshall when he took over as premier in January.

Marshall called access to information a "very important principle."

The three person committee also includes Doug Letto, a representative of the journalism community, and Jennifer Stoddart, a former privacy commissioner for the federal government.

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  • Marshall Art
    March 18, 2014 - 17:25

    Clyde Wells ? . That's nice. Isn't this the same guy who questioned why workers should receive severance pay ? He couldn't identify with the 'little people' if his life depended on it. As Premier, he treated Public Servants like they were the great unwashed. Soup ??? You have the audacity to ask for more soup ???

  • david
    March 18, 2014 - 16:48

    The only thing more penitent than a crook on his deathbed is a political party looking at electoral annihilation.

  • John
    March 18, 2014 - 14:39

    CLYDE WELLS. Mr. Wells integrity leaves a lot to be desired. I remember this former Premier legislating freezes on public servants. He referred the impasse in public negotiations to binding arbritration . The arbitrator ruled in favor of the unions only to have this person legislate the arbitration decision away. Do anyone remember the CLYDE LIED days? A less then honourable decision from a man with no integrity. Way to go Premier Marshall you hired a wolf in sheep clothing. Wow a card carrying liberal will review the wrong doings of a Progressive Conservative government. Brilliant Mr. Premier now you get to say it was a liberal whom decided the changes to this bill. More smoke and mirrors. Now I seen it all....

  • SayWhat
    March 18, 2014 - 14:14

    Do you really take us for being stupid Mr. Premier? Was there not a law firm at one time named Barry, Wells, Monaghan, Seaborn and Marshall. All you did was give your old buddy another gorge at the Government trough.

  • Mike
    March 18, 2014 - 14:12

    From a 2006 GOV NL Press Release: "Under the leadership of Premier Danny Williams, we made a commitment to govern in a spirit of openness and transparency and all departments and agencies have been working diligently to meet that goal. Early in our mandate, we proclaimed Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (ATIPPA) and immediately implemented the access provisions contained in the act," Minister Marshall continued. "This audit proves that our system is working very well and that we are providing Newfoundlanders and Labradorian’s with the information they deserve." The hypocracy is sickening.

  • cautiously optimistic
    March 18, 2014 - 13:54

    Good news. Now we'll be able to hear any real concerns with this legislation and separate the mud slinging from the opposition parties trying to jump up in the polls. The panel might conclude the legislation is balanced the way it is. The independent Privacy Commissioner Ed Ring even gave it a modest endorsement. Time will tell, but this is a positive step.

  • tom
    March 18, 2014 - 13:03

    I hope the boy scout Kent handles this better that he did the scout fiasco oh wait he quit that bring it on

  • Tony Rockel
    March 18, 2014 - 12:02

    Well, Mr Marshall, if you really believe that access to information is a "very important principle" then why didn't you believe it before you became interim premier?

  • Marshall Art
    March 18, 2014 - 11:51

    Surprise, surprise. The political bobbleheads have announced they're gonna have a review of our access to information system. These jokers ignored the public outcry when Bill 29 was brought in and arrogantly told all and sundry who had a problem with it, to go get stuffed. The arrogance has miraculously been replaced by 'sober second thought' and now we'll have to listen to these chameleons sucking up to the voters until 2015. Too late by's.

  • Dolf
    March 18, 2014 - 11:42

    My preference would have been Bob Wells. But hopefully after all these years collecting his political rewards Clyde can give something back to Newfoundland & Labrador. Time will tell.

  • Crazy
    March 18, 2014 - 11:25

    Dwight what do you have to say now, Mr Clyde Wells is on the job.

    • joebennett
      March 18, 2014 - 13:04

      Crazy -- Your name says it all.