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From: John McMillan
Sent: Mon 4/06/2012 6:01 PM
To: Suzanne Legault
Cc: Louise Gell
Subject: RE: Modernization of the Canadian Access to Information Act [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

Hi Suzanne – delighted to help. Indeed, I can see a reciprocal benefit! The Oz FOI Act reaches the 30 year anniversary on 1 December 2012, and the Act requires a review to be conducted around that period. Not sure yet whether it will be my office or someone independent. But, as you can see, we are focussed on the same issues as you this year.

I will nominate as our contact person Louise Gell (cc’d). Louise is the Director, Policy, and has been in charge of the publication of our guidelines and other resources on the FOI Act, and for agency liaison about the operation of the FOI Act.

I look forward to exchanging ideas over the next year.

Best wishes, John

John McMillan | Australian Information Commissioner 

Office of the Australian Information Commissioner

Level 3, 25 National Circuit, CANBERRA

GPO Box 2999 CANBERRA ACT 2601 |www.oaic.gov.au

Phone:  +61 2 6239 9124 | Fax: 6239 9190

Email: john.mcmillan@oaic.gov.au

Protecting information rights – advancing information policy

From: Suzanne Legault [mailto:suzanne.legault@oic-ci.gc.ca]
Sent: Saturday, 2 June 2012 2:07 AM
To: John McMillan
Subject: Modernization of the Canadian Access to Information Act

Dear John,

In 2013, Canada’s Access to Information Act will have been in force for 30 years. To commemorate this anniversary, I will open a dialogue with stakeholders to discuss areas of the Act that may warrant changes. The expected outcome is the tabling of a report in Parliament containing my recommendations.

Our analysis will cover four themes: right of access, limitations to the right of access, information management and oversight and authorities of the Commissioner. In preparing a consultation document for our stakeholders, we would like to examine the access to information laws of our foreign counterparts. My office has selected the laws in Australia, Mexico, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States.

In order to accurately understand your country’s legislation, a member of my legal team would like to contact a resource person in your organization who has knowledge of the legal concepts contained in your legislation.  It will be extremely valuable to our analysis if we are able to validate some concepts and clarify a few points contained in your legislation.

It would also be beneficial if your organization could participate in the upcoming consultations that we will be undertaking this fall. I will forward a link to our site once the consultation document has been completed.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Sincerely,

Suzanne Legault