After fighting for their right to withhold the specifics of a $15 million donation for a year, officials at Carleton University have been ordered to release details they had previously kept private. The Canadian Press requested a copy of the donor agreement for the $15 million donated by Clayton Riddell, but were denied by the school.
At the time, school officials they didn’t have to release the details of the agreement because it would be an invasion of privacy and contained information about a third-party.
The donation paid for the Clayton H. Riddell Graduate Program in Political Management in 2010, which was met with various questions, especially from Reform party founder, Preston Manning, who said; “Raising the bar of democratic governance requires talented individuals who possess not only a good appreciation of political theory but a highly developed understanding of its practical application.”
In March the school did release a copy of the agreement, but some of the data was blanked out. A n appendix was also released, but some of that too was redacted. Now, however, they have been ordered to supply a complete donor agreement. Officials did request a nine week extension, but were denied and must produce the full document.
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