“Today, the Government of Alberta joins governments around the world in acknowledging Right to Know Day.
“Here in Canada, Right to Know Day on Sept. 28 is recognized as part of Right to Know Week, which celebrates the public’s right to access information from the governments that serve them.
“Last year in Alberta, we reflected on the 25th anniversary of Alberta’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and the contributions of our first information and privacy commissioner, the late Robert C. Clark.
“This year, as we look to the future and see the rapid pace of change in the digital world, we are working to understand the impacts on our society and how those changes can make life better for everyday Albertans.
“Over the summer, we asked Albertans for input on how we can strengthen privacy protection. More than 3,200 Albertans shared their views in an online survey. As we move ahead, I look forward to further discussions on this topic with organizations from the public and private sectors this fall, including Alberta’s information and privacy commissioner.
“Information is a key driver for success in delivering effective public services and growing the modern economy. We must continue to be mindful of protecting the right to access information as well as the privacy of all Albertans. These rights are essential to maintaining a strong, vibrant and inclusive democracy.
“I would like to thank the many public servants across Alberta who continue to work daily to help Albertans access government information as part of their important contribution to our long democratic tradition that protects the right to know.”