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Why Open Government?

“Open government is the hallmark of a free and democratic society…Government information belongs to the people, not to the government.” – Gordon Campbell, 1998

Governments are vast storehouses of information that our tax dollars pay to have collected, created, stored and shared. This information is a vital part of:
  • our public property;
  • our history; and
  • our intellectual heritage.

This wealth of information must be freely shared so that citizens are informed on public matters, engaged in public debate, and able to assess the performance of their government.

Conversely, a populace that is ill-informed or misinformed about its government will stop trusting elected officials and be unable to participate effectively as citizens.

The BC Information Summit is presented by

BC Freedom of Information & Privacy Association

Canadian Taxpayers Federation

UBC School of Journalism

And co-sponsored by

BC Civil Liberties Association
Canadian Newspaper Association
BC Coalition of People
with Disabilities
Canadian Office & Professional Employees Union
BC Library Association Trial Lawyers Association of BC
Western Canada Wilderness Committee


The BC Information Summit – Friday September 29, 2006

The first BC Information Summit brings together academics, legal experts, journalists, present and past elected officials and experienced Freedom of Information requesters from every sector of society. Together, they shall explore the challenges and solutions of creating an open government and a free flow of information to the public.

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