BC's Information and Privacy Commissioner, Ombudsperson, and Merit Commissioner call for changes to enhance Legislative Assembly accountability and transparency
|Uploads||News Release, Letter to the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly|
Victoria – BC’s Information and Privacy Commissioner, Ombudsperson, and Merit Commissioner are calling for statutory changes to increase transparency and accountability of the administration of the Legislative Assembly.
In a jointly issued letter, the three independent officers outline how the proposed changes are in the public interest. “There is an opportunity to enact a modern transparency and accountability framework for the administrative aspects of the Legislative Assembly,” the letter states. These changes are to build on the current audit being carried out by the Auditor General.
The Officers are calling for legislative amendments to the respective Acts that govern their roles, which would provide greater oversight of the Legislative Assembly’s administration. These changes include:
The letter emphasizes that these proposals are being made without reference to the outcome of the current matters concerning the suspended permanent officers. As stated in the letter, the proposed changes would contribute to a transparent, efficient, accountable and effective Legislative Assembly.
Please see attached letter to the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly.
The Information and Privacy Commissioner, Merit Commissioner and Ombudsperson will be holding a joint media availability, today, February 5th at 10:30 a.m. via teleconference:
Dial-in information: 604-681-0260 (Vancouver)
Office of the Ombudsperson
Sara Darling, Communications Lead | 250-356-7740 | C: 778-679-2588
Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner
Michelle Mitchell, Senior Communications Manager I 250-217-7872
|Date||Tuesday, February 5, 2019|