Man seeking historical records told it would cost feds $21 million to process request

OTTAWA – A researcher seeking records from the National Archives of Canada about the RCMP investigation was told it would cost the government more than $21 million to process his request under the Access to Information Act.

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The man filed an access request with Library and Archive Canada in January after learning of another applicant’s struggle to obtain a large cache of records from a two-decade-old RCMP corruption investigation.

Libraries and Archives cited processing costs of several million dollars to allow the Federal Information Ombudsman to reject the latest request because it was tortuous or was made in bad faith.


In April, Information Commissioner Carolyn Maynard denied permission and, as a result, the library and archives are now processing the man’s access request – though it says it would require up to 65 years to do so.

The Canadian press has agreed not to identify the requestor, a public servant in the National Capital Territory…