The first speaker after MC work by Keith Baldry, was the Honourable Dr. Margaret MacDiarmid, Minister of Labour, Citizens’ Services and Open Government.
Government transparency and increased participation in democracy via open government policy. Last summer every ministry was directed to make information and data available to the citizens. Policies are put in place for these ministries to guide them. First province in canada to launch a website like dataBC. This work has been acknowledged by the silver medal in the 2011 government service innovation awards.
Last fall amendments were made to FOIPPA, an act created in 1992. The amendments give the information and privacy commissioner enhanced authority, and enable the centralised identity management with secure online credentials that the OCIO has been working on.
The first BC Services cards become available, combining DL and Health Care card into one card.
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