Wikileaks, the Snowden revelations, and the Panama Papers…these three critical leaks of government information have brought access to information to the fore of the policy agenda. How Canadians access government information is largely dictated by two acts: The Access to Information Act and its successor, the Federal Accountability Act (FAA). However, some argue that these acts don’t go far enough in granting Canadians access to government information.

As part of the Policy Options special feature The Federal Accountability Act: Ten Years Later, Canada’s information commissioner, Suzanne Legault, wrote an article (to be released in English and French on April 21st on Policy Options) sharing her take on the legacy of the FAA. We caught up with her to learn more about access to information in Canada and how the federal government can be more open and transparent.

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Suzanne Legault
Suzanne Legault is Canada’s Information Commissioner. Prior to joining the public service, she practised law as a criminal defence lawyer from 1991 to 1996, and she was also Crown prosecutor from 1994 to 1996. She holds a bachelor of civil law and a bachelor of common law from McGill Law School.