Act to Amend the Archives and Records Act
Mr. Speaker, this week, we are taking another step forward in our government’s commitment to transparency and accountability.
Since forming government two years ago we have demonstrated that we do business differently.
We have extended conflict-of-interest and post-employment restrictions to senior officials.
We have introduced new requirements for the posting of Ministers’ disclosures.
We have introduced a Lobbyist Act that will be debated this sitting.
Two new pieces of legislation – whistleblower legislation and new amendments to require the disclosure of Public Accounts within six months of the end of a fiscal year – will further strengthen accountability.
The introduction of the Act to Amend the Archives and Records Act is another important piece of work in this area.
The Act will improve records management in government.
It will give the Provincial Archivist authority in legislation to:
- ensure public bodies have good records management practices that meet the stated requirements
- and, to monitor compliance and issue directives.
Enforcement of the Act will be supported by the introduction of a fine of up to $10,000 for intentionally altering or destroying public records.
Staff are being supported to meet the requirements through our Records Management Strategy.
The strategy is supported by new investments in:
- dedicated staff resources to help staff establish good practices and maintain compliance
- staff training
- updated policy and procedures
- implementation of an electronic records management system.
- and, added capacity for the secure storage of government records.
Mr. Speaker, I commend the Provincial Archivist, ITSS, and the staff of many departments …. who are creating consistent high standards for records management in all departments of government.
I know that all of my colleagues are joined in our commitment to operate with transparency and accountability at the core of all of our decisions.
Thank you Mr. Speaker.