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Argument over Freedom of Information requests in legislature

VICTORIA (NEWS1130) – Heated words in the legislature over a move by PavCo, which runs BC Place, to ignore Freedom of Information requests from the media.

PavCo has sent a request to BC’s Privacy Commissioner asking for permission to choose whether it responds to request from a Vancouver investigative reporter, saying the journalist accounts for 89 per cent of the FOI requests it receives.

Energy Mines Minister Rich Coleman stood up in the legislature and told MLAs that some of the requests being made are “ridiculously frivolous.”

NDP MLA Spencer Chandra-Herbert has questioned the government’s commitment to being ‘open and transparent.’

“Mr. Speaker, the premier claims that open government was one of her top priorities. Will she stand today and demonstrate that she actually puts actions behind her words,” he asked.

PavCo Chair Peter Fassbender, who is running as a Liberal in the election coming up in May, made the request to the privacy commissioner, and is awaiting a ruling on the matter.