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O’Toole an­nounces Harder as the Shadow Min­is­ter for Dig­i­tal Gov­ern­ment

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The Hon­ourable Erin O’Toole, Leader of Canada’s Con­ser­va­tives and the Of­fi­cial Op­po­si­tion, an­nounced MP Rachael Harder as the Shadow Min­is­ter for Dig­i­tal Gov­ern­ment.

“I am deeply hon­oured to be a part of the Con­ser­va­tive Shadow Cab­i­net as the Shadow Min­is­ter for Dig­i­tal Gov­ern­ment un­der the lead­er­ship of Erin O’Toole. There is a grow­ing lack of trust among Cana­di­ans in this Lib­eral gov­ern­ment, and as mem­bers of the Of­fi­cial Op­po­si­tion, it is our re­spon­si­bil­ity to push for greater ac­count­abil­ity and trans­parency. We are fo­cused on se­cur­ing jobs, se­cur­ing our econ­omy, and se­cur­ing our fu­ture. We have a lot of work to do!”

“We live in a world that is for­ever be­ing changed by tech­nol­ogy. It af­fects the way we live and work each day. Although there are in­cred­i­ble ben­e­fits to liv­ing in a more dig­i­tized world, there are also sig­nif­i­cant risks,” said Harder. “In this file, I am com­mit­ted to en­sur­ing Cana­di­ans re­ceive the most ef­fec­tive and ef­fi­cient gov­ern­ment ser­vices, while si­mul­ta­ne­ously safe­guard­ing their per­sonal data. As gov­ern­ment op­er­a­tional sys­tems are in­creas­ingly data-driven, it is im­per­a­tive the use of new tech­nolo­gies are ac­com­pa­nied with ap­pro­pri­ate se­cu­rity and pri­vacy guide­lines. Cana­di­ans de­serve to know their data is their own and will be pro­tected.”

“Ul­ti­mately, this is about how to best serve and pro­tect the Cana­dian peo­ple. It’s about pro­tect­ing peo­ple’s pri­vate in­for­ma­tion, en­sur­ing full con­sent for its col­lec­tion and use is given, and right­ful own­er­ship of data is guar­an­teed.”

“In order to have pub­lic con­fi­dence in gov­ern­ment ser­vices, there has to be ad­e­quate safe­guards, trans­parency and proper re­port­ing mech­a­nisms. I am look­ing for­ward to work­ing with my col­leagues to make this hap­pen in my new role.”

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