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The Honourable Tony Clement, President of the Treasury Board, hosted a "Google Hangout" on June 18th, engaging in a half hour live-stream discussion with the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, Robert Herjavec, member of the President’s Advisory Panel on Open Government and Shark Tank TV personality, and Open Data gurus and tech innovators to discuss the Government of Canada's newly re-launched Open Data portal. If you missed the live stream, you can still watch the Google Hangout on YouTube to learn more about using government data to benefit Canadians.

Read Google Hangout's transcript

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Rules of Engagement

We look forward to hearing from you. Your ideas and feedback are central to the development of both the Open Government portal and the Government of Canada’s approach to Open Government.

While comments are moderated, the portal will not censor any comments except in a few specific cases, listed below. Accounts acting contrary to these rules may be temporarily or permanently disabled.

Comments and Interaction

Our team will read comments and participate in discussions when appropriate. Your comments and contributions must be relevant and respectful.

Our team will not engage in partisan or political issues or respond to questions that violate these Terms and Conditions.

Our team reserves the right to remove comments and contributions, and to block users based on the following criteria:

The comments or contributions:

  • include personal, protected or classified information of the Government of Canada or infringes upon intellectual property or proprietary rights
  • are contrary to the principles of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Constitution Act, 1982
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  • are threatening, violent, intimidating or harassing
  • are contrary to any federal, provincial or territorial laws of Canada
  • constitute impersonation, advertising or spam
  • encourage or incite any criminal activity
  • are written in a language other than English or French
  • otherwise violate this notice

Our team cannot commit to replying to every message or comment, but we look forward to continuing the conversation whenever possible. Please note that responses will be provided in the same language that was used in the original comment.

Our team will reply to comments in the official language in which they are posted. If we determine the response is a question of general public interest, we will respond in both official languages.


Submitted by Anonymous on June 21, 2013 - 2:47 AM

The following URL: accesses a wonderful visual clip that explains the value of linked open data across public and private domains, for newbies perusing this site for the first time and wondering what the buzz is about. It's hard to imagine the possibilities.

Submitted by open-ouvert on June 19, 2013 - 8:21 PM

Sorry, we experienced technical difficulties during the original airing of this Google Hangout. If you missed it, you can still view the Hangout by clicking on the Google Hangout video link above.

Submitted by Anonymous on June 19, 2013 - 2:18 PM

I found it interesting that this hangout was not even available in an open format that government workers were able to access. Would have been nice to be able to contribute and watch.

Submitted by Anonymous on June 18, 2013 - 6:31 PM

Can you please provide a sense of when this might be happening or if it will be delayed to another date?

Submitted by Anonymous on June 18, 2013 - 6:19 PM

In terms of USER EXPERIENCE, this gets a big ZERO - I set aside time to do this. So how much confidence for future interactions huh?

Submitted by Anonymous on June 18, 2013 - 6:08 PM

I don't really see anything on this "HangOut" except a picture. What should I be seeing? Thanks for the help.