Government & Corporate Transparency

The Issue

Canadians’ right of access to information held by governments and public agencies is embarrassingly inadequate. Internationally, the quality of our access to information law ranks 59th out of 102 countries. The implementation of the law makes matters even worse – often imposing excessive delays, high costs, and significant censorship.  Even more limited is the public’s right of access to information about the decisions and practices of the corporate sector that increasingly shape every aspect of our lives.

Why It Matters

Healthy democracy depends on an informed public with ready access to the information it needs to engage in effective political decision-making.

Our Work

The Centre for Free Expression works to promote greater government and corporate transparency through public education and advocacy for better right to know laws and practices. 

Resources

Podcast

Ag-Gag Laws & the Public’s Right to Know

Panelists: Robert Cribb, Jodi Lazare, Richard Moon

Moderator: Cara Zwibel

Podcast

Protecting Privacy in the Digital Age

Panelists: David Hutton, Mariette Pilon, Teresa Scassa

Moderator: Brenda McPhail

Podcast

CFE Virtual Forum Series: Platforms of Distortion – Can They Be Fixed?

Digital platforms are perfect delivery systems for gossip and entertainment. Unfortunately they now distribute most of our news.

Podcast

CFE Virtual Forum Series: Pandemics and Civil Liberties

The coronavirus poses a threat to our individual and collective future. As governments attempt to deal with the pandemic, they face apparent trade-offs between collective wellbeing and individual human rights and civil liberties.

Podcast

How is the public to know? When regulators lose sight of their public role

Are Canadian regulatory agencies allowing themselves to be captured by those they regulate – Health Canada by drug companies, Transport Canada by the airlines and railways?