And, in my opinion, that reason really, really, really stinks.
Below is a written (i.e. not oral) statement from the Deputy Minister for Citizen Services and Open Government, Ms. Kim Henderson, responding to Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham's concerns about the fact that no one in the Premier's office ever writes anything down or ever uses their official government Email accounts for anything official:
"...I recognize that you were unable to find a single explanation for this trend of increasing “no responsive records” which is consistent with our own analysis. We too believe that the processing of multiple requests to ministries is a significant factor. For the increasing number of no records responses to the Office of the Premier, I would point out the Office of the Premier has had a dramatic increase in the number of requests overall and, has had an almost 200 per cent increase in the number of requests resulting in responsive records since 2009/10..."
You can find Ms. Henderson's entire letter to the Information Commissioner (which is copied to Ms. Lynda Tarras who produced no written records herself when she carried out the Boessenkool investigation) .....here.
I don't know about you, but I cannot believe this codswallop.
The offered explanation, from a BC Liberal Party Government Deputy Minister to the freaking Information Commissioner, is that nothing is written down because it would be just too much work if, as a result, somebody might actually ask to see it.
Which is complete and utter shite.
Not to mention completely and utterly ridiculous given what WE NOW KNOW was being passed around by these people, secretly, using non-governmental Email communication (which means it WAS written down and being hidden from FOI requests).
Let's just consider the logic here for a moment shall we?
If someone submits an FOI request and they get nothing....
Well, if that person is tenacious, and really wants to find out what is going on, are they not then going to submit more FOI requests trying to find the information they are looking for?
And, if that wasthe case wouldn't FOI requests go up as a result?
In other words, could not a reasonable and logical case be made that one of the reasons that FOI requests to the Premier's Office have increased significantly since the advent of Snooklandia (i.e. post 2010) is precisely because...
...No one is writing anything down.
These people really must go now.
All of them.
I mean, the fact that the letter excerpted above was cc'd to Ms. Lynda Tarras with an explanation that is so blatantly obfuscatory really and totally is the last straw.