Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Communications Nova Scotia Considering Making Some Polling Info Public

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Communications Nova Scotia Considering Making Some Polling Info Public

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Nova Scotia debates making poll info public

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HALIFAX - The communications arm of the Nova Scotia government is considering whether to make some information it obtains through polling and research available to the public, a deputy minister said Wednesday.

"We have been having a conversation around should we be making some of this information available through our government website," Tracey Taweel, the associate deputy minister for Communications Nova Scotia, told the legislature's public accounts committee.

Taweel said the information is currently only available through freedom of information requests. She said there could be instances where propriety information about private companies prevents the release of that information.

She was unable to say how much the government spends on polling each year, adding that it will be easier to do once all polling is centralized within her agency, a project that is ongoing.

A spokeswoman for Communications Nova Scotia later said $120,000 had been spent on public polling as of mid-September for this fiscal year, including $13,995 on a recent telephone poll on issues arising from excessive emissions at the Northern Pulp Mill in Pictou, N. …

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