Information Commissioner of Canada v. Prime Minister of Canada

Supreme Court Hearings

Information Commissioner of Canada v. Prime Minister of Canada

Information Commissioner of Canada v. Prime Minister of Canada – October 7, 2010
Case #33299
Information Commissioner of Canada v. Minister of Transport Canada – October 7, 2010
Case #33296
Information Commissioner of Canada v. Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police – October 7, 2010
Case #33297
Information Commissioner of Canada v. Minister of National Defence – October 7, 2010
Case #33300

Should the public have access to the agenda and documents of the prime minister and cabinet ministers? That is the main argument behind four appeals that date back to the 1990s. Several access-to-information requests were denied regarding former prime minister Jean Chrétien’s daily agendas from 1994 to 1999. The appeals also deal with former transport minister David Collenette’s agendas, as well as documents of former defence minister Art Eggleton.
The federal government argues that the office of the prime minister or a cabinet minister is not considered a “government institution” under the Access to Information Act.