GTEC is a big annual IT tradeshow/conference for the federal government in Ottawa.
Tony Clement, President of the Treasury Board, did the opening keynote.
I like to tell people that when I was Industry minister, I was responsible for Canadian innovation. Now that I am President of the Treasury Board, I want to champion innovation in government.
a government that takes on the challenge to be a global leader in openness, transparency and security. We have already taken some steps towards making that government a reality. But there is much more to do.
We can transform the way we do business by harnessing IT in new ways—including
An understanding of the value of social media tools, as a way to bridge the distance between government and Canadians; and
A further commitment to all three streams of Open Government—Open Data, Open Information and Open Dialogue.
Our Government is committed to offering Canadians greater opportunities to learn about and participate in government, in the economy, and in our democratic process. They will have greater access to data from federal departments and be able to find, download and use information they want more easily.
Our Open Government activities are detailed at www.open.gc.ca, where we describe actions to strengthen Open Data, Open Information and Open Dialogue. We will post information about new activities as they are undertaken.
As announced last March, starting in 2012, all departments and agencies subject to the Access to Information Act will be required to post summaries of completed information requests on their websites.
Canada will soon have the chance to step on the world stage as a leader in Open Government. We were one of the countries to signal our intent to participate in an international Open Government Partnership.
As part of our leadership role in increasing governmental transparency and accountability, Canada has joined the international Open Government Partnership. This important initiative was launched by the United States and Brazil and aims to secure concrete commitments from other governments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption and harness new technologies to strengthen governance.
Having joined the partnership, we will be delivering an Open Government plan informed by broad consultation by March 2012.
Being part of this partnership will offer Canada a means to connect internationally through its Open Government agenda. This will be an opportunity for Canadian companies to showcase their innovations.
In the long term, open governments and economies will pay dividends for our business sector. They also stand to have an impact on Canadian society in general: increasing transparency, accountability and citizen engagement.
Notable is his specific committment to an Open Government plan for Canada by March 2012.
This is a reiteration of our existing commitment to the Open Government Partnership - the country page for Canada has a letter of intent from Minister Baird and the text "Country Action Plan coming in March 2012".