Clarify how the Official Languages Act interacts with the Directive on Open Government

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James McKinney
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As Bernard Rudny and I wrote in our piece in Policy Options earlier this year [1]: “The Directive on Open Government requires that all information and data of business value be made available to the public, but not all government business is conducted in both official languages. In fact, most of the federal government’s information and data is monolingual. Clarifying in what circumstances information must be translated before being released will eliminate uncertainty among civil servants about how to comply with both policies.”


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