Canada’s former chief librarian and archivist is harshly critical of the deal to have a private company digitize our public documents and photos. Ian Wilson says it smack of “desperation” by the federal government.

Further, he says the contents of our archives are “a public good” like historic sites and national parks, and shouldn’t be sold back to us. Library and Archives Canada is already “superb” at preserving documents, he said.

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