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Interview with the Ombud of New Brunswick, Marie-France Pelletier

June 1, 2023 - Ron Kruzeniski, Information and Privacy Commissioner

In Canada, we have an interesting situation where the oversight bodies for access and privacy are structured differently. Canada splits the roles; thus, we have a Privacy Commissioner and an Access to Information Commissioner. A number of provinces have a commissioner responsible for both access and privacy.

In other provinces the person may be the ombudsman, access and privacy commissioner and the whistle blower commissioner. This is the current structure in New Brunswick where Marie-France Pelletier, appointed in January 2022, fulfills all three roles. I had a chance to talk to her about her multiple functions and the challenges she sees for ombudsmen and privacy commissioners in the future.

Listen to our conversation and learn how one person can carry out all three roles.

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