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Trudeau names Caroline Maynard as nominee for information commissioner

Trudeau names Caroline Maynard as nominee for information commissioner
From CBC - February 14, 2018

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau named Caroline Maynard as his nominee to be Canada's new information commissioner Wednesday afternoon.

Maynard, a member of the Qubec bar, has been a government lawyer for over 20 years. Currently she is the interim chairperson of the military grievances external review committee.

"She has a deep appreciation of the need for an open and transparent government," Trudeau said of Maynard in a news release.

The nomination comes as the Liberals work to fill a very large number of vacant appointments.

As reported by CBCNews,the government has a record number of vacancies in federally appointed positions.

As of December of last year, 594 such positions were vacant or occupied by a someone whose appointment had passed its expiry date.

If Maynard is approved as information commissioner, she will be responsible for ensuring Canada's freedom of information laws are respected.

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