Canada to Investigate Government Restriction on Right to Know

CanadaCanada's Information Commissioner Suzanne Legault, said she will investigate complaints against the government for restricting scientists from sharing and discussing the information.

The Environmental Law Clinic of the University of Victoria and advocacy group Democracy Watch led the information commissioner to announce an investigation this week after a report was penned on "right to know".

Citizens in Canada were granted a right for the first time in 1983 to get access to the records produced by the government. However, after 30 years, Canada has fallen on international rankings of transparency.

Also, there are speculations that the government has deliberately impeded the legal right of access to information. Elizabeth May, a member of parliament for the Green Party, said this is the most secretive government Canada has ever had and it is not a secret to Canadians.

Suzanne Legault said her office will be investigating the reports against Prime Minister Stephen Harper's government about restricting scientists from discussing their work in the public.

The report read, "Centre for Law and Democracy believes that the problems with the current legal regime for the right to information are profound and that a serious and far reaching response is warranted".