Is Canada Bad at Sharing Public Data? COVID-19 Rekindles an Old Debate

Alexander Panetta - CBC
April 9, 2020

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A debate that normally resides in the realm of wonkery roared to public attention this week, with Ottawa's reluctance to release projections of the pandemic death toll. Is Canada bad at sharing public data?

Rohinton Medhora, economist and president of the Centre for International Governance Innovation, said Canada does a good job producing economic and environmental data. As for Ottawa's reluctance to publish a pandemic model, he warned against drawing broader conclusions about Canadian transparency.

Medhora said it has more to do with the fear of releasing poor data that misleads the public.

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