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Decision to not reappoint freedom of information officer disturbing: Baillie

Progressive Conservative leader Jamie Baillie makes a campaign stop at Tom's Family Restaurant in Lower Sackville, N.S. on Oct. 6, 2013.
Progressive Conservative leader Jamie Baillie makes a campaign stop at Tom's Family Restaurant in Lower Sackville, N.S. on Oct. 6, 2013. Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press

HALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s Progressive Conservative leader says the government’s decision not to reappoint Dulcie McCallum as the freedom of information officer is disturbing.

Jamie Baillie says it appears the Liberal government is interfering with what is supposed to be an independent office.

A government spokesman couldn’t be immediately reached for comment.

McCallum says her last day on the job will be Tuesday.

That’s two weeks after she was told she would not be reappointed at the conclusion of her seven-year term.

McCallum says office director Carmen Stuart will be appointed as acting review officer until a replacement is found.

McCallum says she was given no reason for the government’s decision.

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Both she and Baillie say the position should be transformed into an independent officer of the legislature, like the auditor general and provincial ombudsman.

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