With military spending soaring and tensions running high, the Harper government has been pushing ahead with plans to open up its national security archives and make them available to Canadians.
In a letter to defence minister Harjit Sajjan, obtained by CBC News, the Office of the Defence Information Commissioner said it will release all of the files it has in its archives as of the end of 2019.
It’s a move that has the blessing of some of the highest-ranking government officials, but it’s also a bit controversial.
The office of defence secretary, Gen. Sean MacGregor, has said the files should remain classified, citing the need to protect Canadians from any future harm.
The government has defended the move saying it’s to provide Canadians with the full picture of what’s going on on the ground.
The office of the defence secretary said in a statement that the government has made every effort to ensure the files are classified, but they can still be released.
We’ve had a number of people in our government have asked us to say no.
So it is a matter of what we’re comfortable with, and if that is not possible we will make an exception for the files.