Members of the Canadian Foreign Intelligence History Project (CFIHP) have begun a Petition to ensure the proper archiving of historical records, including intelligence files.
Please read and consider signing at this link.
Petition to Justin Trudeau
- The Government of Canada promotes values of transparency and openness through the provisions of the Access to Information Act;
- Current policies and practices of the Privy Council Office are impeding the proper implementation of the Access to Information Act;
- The Privy Council Office currently holds historical records dealing with security and intelligence matters dating back in some cases to 1942 in a facility separate from the main departmental file registry;
- The Privy Council Office has not transferred these records to Library and Archives Canada despite its responsibility to transfer inactive files of historical interest;
- These historical records are being held by the Privy Council Office in conditions that do not adequately protect them from damage or deterioration;
- The Privy Council Office does not have adequate archival indexes of these historical files so that they can be readily identified in response to Access to Information requests;
- Library and Archives Canada is the appropriate repository for these historical records, where they can be properly secured, preserved and managed by their security-cleared staff; and
- Canadian citizens deserve to have an understanding of the historical activities of their government which would be best facilitated by making these historical records available at Library and Archives Canada.