The Campbell administration appears to have moved to retroactively curtail children and youth representative Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond's sweeping power to access government documents. The law governing the representative presently gives Ms. Turpel-Lafond the right to any information held by a public body regardless of "any claim of confidentiality or privilege" except one based on solicitor-client privilege. That right could be read as allowing her to access confidential cabinet documents. But, yesterday, the government introduced an amendment to the Representative for Children and Youth Act clarifying that power "does not apply with respect to information that would reveal the substance of deliberations of the Executive Council or any of its committees." If passed, the amendment will be deemed to have taken effect on March 30, 2007. That's the date the Children and Youth Representative Act came into force.
April 30, 2010