Wynne Denounces “Irresponsible” Allegations

Premier Kathleen Wynne is fighting back against Tory Leader Tim Hudak’s accusations that she ordered the destruction of documents linked to the cancelled gas plants scandal.

Just-released court documents show the OPP believe during the transition between former Premier Dalton McGuinty and current Premier Wynne, McGuinty’s chief of staff may have given an outside expert access to computers in the premier’s office to wipe the hard drives clean.

Hudak claims the access continued well after Wynne was sworn in as premier.

Wynne calls Hudak’s accusations “irresponsible” and  “disgraceful,” saying she did not order anyone to destroy information.  Wynne says the ex-staff member has never been a member of her government and that she is co-operating with the investigation.

Last year, the auditor general estimated the cost of cancelling the Oakville and Mississauga plants at about $1-billion. The OPP’s criminal investigation was launched in July 2013.  David Livingston, McGuinty’s chief of staff, is alleged to have hired a colleague’s boyfriend to erase government hard drives that contained information about the gas plants. If proven, the OPP say the hard drive cleanings amount to breach of trust.