The secret meeting that took place on June 17, 1993 between members of BC’s pro-choice movement and the Ministry of Attorney General, confirmed one important item: that the topic of Freedom of Information, and it’s use by pro-life activists, was an important discussion point.
In the notes of the secret meeting, Joan Young states:
“AG suggests meeting with Murray Rankin re: FOI concerns“. The name of Rob Botterell has been struck out.
Rankin has advised governments on the issue of Freedom of Information.
Also present at the meeting were: David Bellamy, counsel for Elizabeth Bagshaw Clinic; BC Attorney General Colin Gabelmann; Brian Neal, Bill Scigliano, Michael McEvoy and Joan Young also of the AG’s Ministry; Marg Panton, Will Offley, Barbara Westwood and Caroline Murphy of the Everywoman’s Health Clinic; Bethan Everett, Nita Iyer and Gwen Brodsky of the Elizabeth Bagshaw Clinic; and Joy Thompson and Katherine Ferguson of the B.C. Coalition for Abortion Clinics.
What happened after this meeting? Did Rankin meet with the pro-choice political reps? Were there many secret meetings discussing the use of freedom of information? None? What advice was given to government, if any?