George Murphy Question Period (06.14.2012)
MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for St. John's East.
MR. MURPHY: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.
One of the problems with applying ATIPP in a small municipal setting is the availability of trained staff and councils to safeguard the protection of privacy and ensure access to information when deemed necessary under the law.
My question for the Minister is: What steps has his department been taking to ensure 100 per cent compliance with the present legislation?
MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Minister of Municipal Affairs.
SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!
MR. O'BRIEN: Mr. Speaker, each and every year we give several educational sessions to municipalities, especially after an election, say in 2013, that we might or may have new councillors being elected in that process. That is a continuous process in regard to an educational program that we have within Municipal Affairs, which will include this act as well. Each and every one of the councillors and staff will be provided enough information to deal with the provisions within the act.