Canada's information czar says lack of stable funding ties her hands

The federal information czar says her effort to clear a backlog of complaints from dissatisfied Canadian file-seekers is threatened by the government's ``stopgap approach'' to funding her office.

In her latest annual plan, information commissioner Caroline Maynard says it is impossible to set goals and maintain momentum due to the financial instability faced by her office.

The information commissioner is responsible for handling complaints from Canadians having difficulty obtaining government records under the Access to Information Act.

Maynard's office is grappling with about 3,000 outstanding complaints.

Maynard says she goes from year to year preparing time-consuming requests for temporary funds just to have enough staff to keep up with demand.

The government has earmarked additional money through this fiscal year to deal with the backlog, but has made no long-term commitments.