Additional Reading: Does Cabinet Secrecy Unduly Undermine Open Government & the Public’s Right to Know?


Yan Campagnolo, Behind Closed Doors: The Law and Politics of Cabinet Secrecy (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2021),



Mel Cappe & Yan Campagnolo, “Mandate Letters Should Be Kept Confidential” Policy Options (forthcoming).

Yan Campagnolo, “Rethinking Cabinet Secrecy” (2020) 13:3 Journal of Parliamentary and Political Law 497,

Yan Campagnolo, “Cabinet Immunity in Canada: The Legal Black Hole” (2017) 63:2 McGill Law Journal 315,

Yan Campagnolo, “The History, Law and Practice of Cabinet Immunity in Canada” (2017) 47:2 Revue générale de droit 239,

Yan Campagnolo, “A Rational Approach to Cabinet Immunity Under the Common Law” (2017) 55:1 Alberta Law Review 43,

Yan Campagnolo, “The Political Legitimacy of Cabinet Secrecy” (2017) 51:1 Revue juridique Thémis de l’Université de Montréal 51,


Case Law

Ontario (Attorney General) v Ontario (Information and Privacy Commissioner), 2022 ONCA 74,

Canada (Environment) v Canada (Information Commissioner), 2003 FCA 68,

Babcock v Canada (Attorney General), 2002 SCC 57,  

Carey v Ontario, [1986] 2 SCR 637,