January 07, 2016
No oversight, no consequences - Alberta government record keeping must be overhauled
Following the release of a report on the investigation of record management within the Alberta government, it is clear that there must be an overhaul of the present system, the Wildrose Official Opposition said today.
The joint investigation by Alberta’s Information and Privacy Commissioner and Public Information Commissioner revealed that improper destruction of records occurred within the ministry of Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (ESRD), and that there are “troubling findings concerning the overall management of records” within the Government of Alberta.
“The results of this investigation are sobering. They show that there are serious misunderstandings about the application of FOIP and very little adherence to Alberta’s already weak records management policies,” Wildrose Shadow Democracy and Accountability Minister Jason Nixon said. “Albertans deserve better. The NDP government must enact all 16 recommendations made by the report, and change the current culture in the bureaucracy that allowed for this behaviour to happen in the first place.”
At the heart of the paper shredding issue are concerns that Albertans’ access to information rights are being violated.
“Improper destruction of records goes against the heart of an open and accountable government,” Nixon said. “Many of the same key senior civil servants are in place that oversaw these egregious mistakes. The NDP have an opportunity to make things right, and I sincerely hope they will follow through.”
Wildrose will continue to advocate for open and accountable government, along with a robust FOIP system and effective records management and retention policies.