Here the paper trail ends

Last year, we requested access to the "meeting minutes and agendas" for the provincial government's deputy ministers' council since September 1, 2006. At the time, the Campbell administration said there were "no records that fall within the scope of your request." But a subsequent freedom of information request for such records dating back to June 1, 2005 has turned up two agendas dated June 6, 2005 and June 16, 2005. So does that mean the government stopped prepraing agendas after those dates? The following is a complete copy of those records.

DEPUTY MINISTERS' COUNCIL
AGENDA

Monday, June 6, 2005
8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Cabinet Chambers

CONFIDENTIAL

1. Remarks from the Chair Jessica McDonald
2. Deputy Minist3er Consultations Jessica McDonald
3. Role of DMC Jessica McDonald
4. Government Decision-Making Structures and Processes Jessica McDonald
5. Public Service Week Jessica McDonald
6. Other Issues Roundtable
7. Next Meeting

For Deputies Only

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DEPUTY MINISTERS' COUNCIL
AGENDA

Thursday, June 16, 2005
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Cabinet Chambers

CONFIDENTIAL

1. Introductions by Deputies Roundtable
2. Remarks from the Chair (what Deputy Minister Team represents) Jessica McDonald
3. Organizational Structure (review Ministry responsibilities) Jessica McDonald
4. Cabinet decision-making process Jessica McDonald
5. Budget process (including Service Plans) Jessica McDonald
6. Upcoming meetings with Deputies (including staffing/structure proposals; accountabilities, etc). Jessica McDonald
7. Other (reminder about tomorrow's meeting at 1:30 -- reduced to 1 hr in length)

2 Comments

Oh really?

Our highest paid public servants are holding meetings without agendas or taking minutes?

That goes against many standard business principals. I'm disturbed that these public servants are getting 43% increases in salary yet can't organize an agenda or arrange for minutes to be taken.

I want my money back.

Surely they're not taking minutes or formulating agendas purely to keep that info away from the people who pay their inflated salaries?

This is disgusting. The lack of information provided and the paper thin excuse of "no records that fall within the scope of your request."

No integrity.

Wait a second - aren't FOI requests supposed to be filled within 30 days?

I guess they didn't specify which 30 days those would be....

No integrity.

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