Should the Cohen Commission report be made public?

In the media, there seems to be some confusion about when the Cohen Commission report will be handed over to the government and whether it will become a public document. After three years and 26 million dollars, why shouldn’t the public have access to it? To date, all proceedings have been made public on the Cohen Commission website, but the results of the report and whether it becomes a public document lies in the hands of the federal government.

“Our terms of reference only discuss the submission of the report, they don’t discuss making the report public,” said Carla Shore, commission spokeswoman.

“Our report goes to the government, and they then decided when or if to make the report public.”

Melanie Carkner, a spokeswoman for Fisheries and Oceans Canada, said in an email to The Canadian Press the department wouldn’t be commenting or providing interviews until the report was tabled.


“There’s no justification for them getting the report on Monday and excluding the public and the participants from having copies of that report,” Crey [an adviser to the Sto:lo Tribal Council] said. “I can’t think of a single reason that they could come up with to justify that.

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What do you think, should the Cohen Commission Report be a public document?

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