Monday, July 28, 2008

It depends on what the definition of “public” is . . .

Elections Canada says decisions on Liberal leadership loans are now public – but you have to ask for them

Media Advisory

Status of Decisions on Liberal Leadership Contestants’ Claims and Loans

OTTAWA, Monday, July 28, 2008 — The Chief Electoral Officer of Canada, Marc Mayrand, has today made public the decisions made to date under the Canada Elections Act in regard to the authorization to make late payments on claims and loans of contestants for the leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada in 2006.

All documents related to the Chief Electoral Officer’s decisions are public and are now available by contacting Elections Canada.

Elections Canada is an independent body set up by Parliament.

Elections Canada Media Relations
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The decisions do not seem to be posted on Elections Canada’s website. Perhaps they want to keep track of which media outlets are requesting them and may be doing stories.


PhantomObserver said...

Government websites do tend to be rather slow about new information. I'd say wait about 72 hours, and then you'll have a case.

Joan Tintor said...

I guess we'll see, but the practice with Elections Canada, at least with financial returns, has been that when they put out a release announcing that given returns are public, then those returns are up on the website.