Monday, October 18, 2010

FOI law to curb corruption–Canadian diplomat | VERA Files | Law

FOI law to curb corruption–Canadian diplomat

Date Published: October 18, 2010
A CANADIAN diplomat said a Freedom of Information Law will make public servants more accountable and will be a tool against graft and corruption.
James Trottier, political and economic counselor of the Canadian Embassy in Manila, spoke about Canada’s experience with freedom of information at a photojournalism workshop organized by VERA Files at the Subic Freeport Zone last week.
Trottier said the law also built his government’s capacity to give citizens “timely and accurate information” on government services and transactions.
“The freedom of speech and expression and the right to information are closely intertwined with the principles that are promoted by democracy, the system of governance that Canada upholds and tries to promote in our work at home and in our diplomatic missions all over the world,” he said.