Freedom of information (FOI) laws are becoming more and more common worldwide. From nine
such laws 20 years ago to 66 in 2006, the legislation is often touted by supporters and campaigners as
a window into government, and by legislating administrations as proof of their commitment to
transparency and accountability. How it works in practice, however, is often far from the ideal vision
either group holds prior to implementation. This paper explores freedom of information in practice
in Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States, three countries that legislated at three distinct
periods of FOI’s evolution.
Mark Glover, Sarah Holsen, Craig MacDonald, Mehrangez Rahman, Duncan Simpson