Canada commits to open government in “Speech from the Throne”

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Speech from the Throne. This speech, meant to outline the agenda for the government, made a clear commitment to delivering on aspects of open government when the Governor General stated:

Our Government will also ensure that citizens, the private sector and other partners have improved access to the workings of government through open data, open information and open dialogue.

The ability to deliver on this promise remains to be seen. The 40th Parliament was thrown down after repeated allegations of corruption and has often sought to operate in less than open manner. The 41st Parliament will need to demonstrate the ability and willingness to think strategically in regards to open government if it is turn this promise into real value for the government, and the citizens, of Canada.

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