CBC flouts law and gets praise

CBC building on Front and John Street in Toronto, September 6, 2011. (QMI Agency/ALEX UROSEVIC)

CBC building on Front and John Street in Toronto, September 6, 2011. (QMI Agency/ALEX UROSEVIC)

Brian Lilley, Parliamentary Bureau

, Last Updated: 7:19 PM ET

OTTAWA — CBC may not be adhering to the law and is still handing out blank pages on a frequent basis but that was good enough for the state broadcaster to get an A in a report card from federal information commissioner Suzanne Legault.

In her report two years ago, Legault gave CBC an F for their refusal to respond to requests in a timely manner. The Access to Information Act allows Canadians to pay $5 to find out details about government business. The law requires a response in 30 days, while CBC's average response time is 36 days.

To Legault that didn't seem to matter as she sang the praises of CBC president Hubert Lacroix.


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