There is a general idea that most people don’t trust the government.
I call it, ‘the Big Brother Effect’.
The government is aware of this mindset, and they’re trying to correct it.
The latest step is that the Government of the Northwest Territories has created and launched a website to help keep them more accountable.
The plan is to create more transparency with Big Brother.
The new website improves the GNWT’s approach to reporting on ministerial travel expenses and meetings with outside parties.
It will be updated monthly to show quarterly PDF reports on the travel expenses and meetings.
You will now be able to access information in a searchable and downloadable format, consistent with recognized principles of open data for governments to make their information freely available in reusable, machine-readable formats.
The Minister Responsible for Public Engagement and Transparency, Louis Sebert says that openness and transparency are key pieces of what democracy was built on.
“Improving government openness and transparency is a responsibility that all Ministers share, and are responsible for taking steps within their departments to live up to the government’s obligations and the expectations of our residents.”
The new site is part of Sebert’s response to direction in his mandate letter to promote awareness about information on government accountability.
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