When asked during Question Period today why the Access to Information system has ground to a virtual halt under the Conservatives, the Treasury Board President bragged:
“More than 90% of the requests are processed within the government's 120 day standard”
That’s interesting given that the Access to Information Act specifically limits response time to 30 days:
7. Where access to a record is requested under this Act, the head of the government institution to which the request is made shall, subject to sections 8, 9 and 11, within thirty days after the request is received,
- (a) give written notice to the person who made the request as to whether or not access to the record or a part thereof will be given; and
- (b) if access is to be given, give the person who made the request access to the record or part thereof.
No matter what distorted talking points Tony Clement uses to mask his utter failure, thirty days is the law.
In similar fashion to his Muskoka Slush Fund, Tony Clement is just making this stuff up as he goes along.