The opposition Wildrose said the NDP government is slacking off when it comes to responding to FOIP requests.
The party said in 2012, under the previous government, 95 per cent of access to information requests were responded to in 60 days. Last year, it says 82 per cent were fulfilled in 60 days.
MLA Nathan Cooper said some departments are taking as long as nine months to release anything.
“We’re seeing a real movement towards this government doing things more secretively, with more interference on multiple fronts.”
Minister for Service Alberta Stephanie McLean said openness and transparency are still top priorities for the government.
“It does take government resources to ensure that we can affect that openness and transparency. And that’s why we’ve been taking a number of steps, including we’re adding six new individuals to justice to handle FOIP requests. They receive some of the most of all the government, and so we’ve been taking concrete steps.”
The opposition has released a list of recommendations to fix what they said is an increasingly secretive process under the NDP government. They include things like making FOIP data public by department, and decentralizing it so other ministries can’t interfere.
MLA Nathan Cooper says the province needs to do what it said it was going to do.
“They were elected on a platform of accountability, more open government, more transparency, and what we’re seeing is the exact opposite.”
Stephanie McLean said it’s an interesting stance coming from the opposition.
“I find it a little disingenuous coming from the Wildrose who’s constantly asking us to cut from this very area, resources dedicated to openness and transparency. So you can’t have it both ways.”