Today, Hon. Deb Matthews, Deputy Premier of Ontario, and President of the Treasury Board reintroduced legislation to make the Ontario government more open, accountable, transparent and accessible. Public Sector and MPP Accountability and Transparency Act, 2014 is partly based on recommendations from the Information and Privacy Commissioner’s report Deleting Accountability: Records Management Practices of Political Staff which was released in June of 2013. Since that time, the IPC has worked closely with the Minister of Government Services to bring forward the proposed amendments to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act that are contained within this legislation. If passed, this bill will greatly improve government record retention and protect important records from willful destruction.
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