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George Radwanski

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About George Radwanski:

George Radwanski was appointed Privacy Commissioner of Canada in late 2000 for a seven-year term. As Privacy Commissioner of Canada, George Radwanski was a vocal and determined advocate protecting the privacy rights of Canadians. The role of Privacy Commissioner of Canada became more challenging and sensitive with the increase in security measures being introduced to fight the war on terrorism.

However, a report by the Auditor General of Canada in 2003 found that there had been serious mismanagement and abuses of power in the operations of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner. After severe criticism by the House of Commons government operations committee that he had misled Parliament, George Radwanski resigned. In 2006, the RCMP charged George Radwanski with fraud and breach of trust. He was acquitted at his criminal trial in 2009. The judge said that Radwanski had been negligent in his accounting of expenses, and his chief-of-staff Art Lamarche was guilty of breach of trust.

Education:

  • BA in Political Science - McGill University
  • LL.B - McGill University

Profession:

  • Journalist
  • Author
  • Public affairs consultant

Career of George Radwanski:

  • George Radwanski started his journalism career with the Montreal Gazette where he worked as reporter, columnist, associate editor, and Ottawa-based national affairs columnist.

  • George Radwanski then became Ottawa editor and national affairs columnist for the Financial Times of Canada.

  • Radwanski moved to the Toronto Star as an editorial page editor, and then became editor-in-chief.

  • George Radwanski wrote the political biography Trudeau, published in 1978.

  • In 1985, George Radwanski left journalism for public policy, and headed two major studies for the Ontario provincial government, one on the service sector and the other on the education system.

  • In 1996, George Radwanski chaired the Canadian federal government mandate review of Canada Post.

  • George Radwanski was appointed Privacy Commissioner of Canada in 2000 for a seven-year term.

  • After a report from the Auditor General of Canada found mismanagement and abuses of power in the operations of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner and a parliamentary committee found that he had misled Parliament, George Radwanski resigned from his post as Privacy Commissioner on June 23, 2003.

  • George Radwanski was charged by the RCMP with fraud and breach of trust in March 2006. He was acquitted in February 2009.

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