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Prime Minister Stephen Harper nominates Suzanne Legault as next Information Commissioner

Prime Minister Stephen Harper at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities 73rd annual Conference

Prime Minister Stephen Harper Nominates Suzanne Legault as Next Information Commissioner

Ottawa: Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced the nomination of Suzanne Legault as the new Information Commissioner.

“Ms. Legault is extremely well qualified to assume the role of Information Commissioner of Canada,” said the Prime Minister. “She brings considerable expertise in access to information and privacy protection issues to the position as well as an in-depth understanding of law and the functioning of government. I am pleased that she has agreed to be nominated for this important role.”

The Office of the Information Commissioner was created in 1983 under the Access to Information Act – Canada’s freedom of information legislation. An agent of Parliament, the Information Commissioner oversees the implementation of the Access to Information Act by government institutions. The Information Commissioner investigates complaints from individuals who believe they have been denied rights under the Act and is also responsible for mediating between dissatisfied applicants and government institutions.

Suzanne Legault has been Interim Information Commissioner of Canada since June 30, 2009, and had been Assistant Information Commissioner since June 2007.

She has served as Legal Counsel with the Department of Justice, before returning to the Competition Bureau where she was Assistant Deputy Commissioner, Legislative Affairs, then Deputy Commissioner, Legislative and Parliamentary Affairs.

Prior to joining the Public Service, Ms. Legault practiced law as a criminal defence lawyer from 1991 to 1996, as well as Crown prosecutor from 1994 to 1996. Ms. Legault holds a bachelor of civil law and a bachelor of common law from McGill Law School, which she obtained in 1988.

Suzanne Legault was appointed as Interim Information Commissioner of Canada effective June 30, 2009.

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