Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Premier Campbell's Cabinet meetings documents 2001-2002 (over 15 years) are now available to the public eg. BC Rail

It's worth it to go back and look at the BC Liberals New Era bullshit to find something that is an absolute GOLD MINE.

When Gordon Campell's BC Liberals came to 'power' on May 16, 2001 they proceeded to break an election promise by setting into motion to sell off BC Rail (along with Vancouver Wharves to Kinder Morgan's Sulphur piles).  They spent three years of Cabinet (SECRET) meetings until the RCMP came knocking on the BC Legislature doors.

BC Rail:
The public first became aware (RAID) of the issue on December 28, 2003  Wikipedia
 2017 - 2001 = 16   Under 16 years to February 8, 2017 but more than 15 years.

Four months to go for the Provincial election.

Now would be a great time for a flurry of FOI requests regarding cabinet documents relating to BC Rail.  FOI Section 12 ".... requires that government keep secret, for a period of at least 15 years, "the substance of deliberations of the Executive Council ........""

The Tyee   2004  
Gordon Campbell's election promise of cabinet meetings open to the public? Never mind.
By Will McMartin, 14 Dec 2004,


 ....... It is tempting to conclude that Gordon Campbell, whose governmental experience is grounded in municipal affairs, simply was unaware of this parliamentary convention when he promised open cabinet meetings. He mistakenly believed that the Executive Council was identical or similar to a municipal council, where councillors or aldermen openly debate policy issues and those on the losing side may continue to oppose a policy long after it has been decided.

He evidently also was unfamiliar with British Columbia's decade-old Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Section 12 of the statute requires the government to keep secret, for a period of at least 15 years, "the substance of deliberations of the Executive Council or any of its committees, including any advice, recommendations, policy considerations or draft legislation or regulations submitted or prepared to the Executive Council or any of its committees." Section 13 allows some information to be released after just five years, if the cabinet already has publicly announced its decision.   ......
 Cabinet and local public body confidences
12  (1) The head of a public body must refuse to disclose to an applicant information that would reveal the substance of deliberations of the Executive Council or any of its committees, including any advice, recommendations, policy considerations or draft legislation or regulations submitted or prepared for submission to the Executive Council or any of its committees.
(2) Subsection (1) does not apply to
(a) information in a record that has been in existence for 15 or more years,
(b) information in a record of a decision made by the Executive Council or any of its committees on an appeal under an Act, or
(c) information in a record the purpose of which is to present background explanations or analysis to the Executive Council or any of its committees for its consideration in making a decision if
(i)   the decision has been made public,
(ii)   the decision has been implemented, or
(iii)   5 or more years have passed since the decision was made or considered.
(3) The head of a local public body may refuse to disclose to an applicant information that would reveal
(a) a draft of a resolution, bylaw or other legal instrument by which the local public body acts or a draft of a private Bill, or
(b) the substance of deliberations of a meeting of its elected officials or of its governing body or a committee of its governing body, if an Act or a regulation under this Act authorizes the holding of that meeting in the absence of the public.
(4) Subsection (3) does not apply if
(a) the draft of the resolution, bylaw, other legal instrument or private Bill or the subject matter of the deliberations has been considered in a meeting open to the public, or
(b) the information referred to in that subsection is in a record that has been in existence for 15 or more years.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

"...at least..."

North Van's Grumps said...

A year or two worth of Cabinet documents couldn't possibly be denied to journalist and their readers just because there's an election.