NDP calls for hidden Sask. Party document release
The official Opposition is joining the Privacy Commissioner and demanding that the Sask. Party government immediately release hidden information.
In a report released Thursday, Saskatchewan Information and Privacy Commissioner Gary Dickson found that the Sask. Party government must reveal to the public cabinet briefing documents, denying an appeal from the Sask. Party to keep them secret. The documents contain about 10,000 pages describing how the government operates.
“The people of Saskatchewan were promised transparency,” said NDP leader John Nilson. “If the Sask. Party cabinet has nothing to hide, they must release the books. Otherwise, the obvious question is: what are they hiding?”
Nilson added that third-party personal information and details specific to political decision-making would be exempt from the disclosure and should be redacted before the pages are released to the public.
“New Democrats have the utmost respect for independent officers of the Legislature,” said Nilson. “They play a critical watchdog role, and they serve the best interests of Saskatchewan people. Having a government that hides documents and contravenes an order from the privacy commissioner is a road I don’t think Saskatchewan people want their province to go down.”
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