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Privacy commissioner to report on deleted gas plants emails today

Senior staff had a legal obligation to retain their records and email correspondence


June 5, 2013
by CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO — Ontario’s privacy commissioner will release a report today into the destruction of emails on cancelled gas plants by senior Liberal staffers in the premier’s office.

Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian says she left no stone unturned in her investigation of an NDP complaint about top advisers to former premier Dalton McGuinty destroying e-mails.

Cavoukian told the legislature’s justice committee last week that she wasn’t happy to hear that email accounts dealing with the decisions to cancel gas plants in Oakville and Mississauga had been deleted.

McGuinty’s former principal secretary, Jamison Steeve, and former deputy policy director, Sean Mullin, both testified they deleted their email accounts.

Cavoukian also found there were no emails from McGuinty’s former chief of staff, Chris Morley, who has not yet testified at the justice committee hearings into the cancellation of gas plants, which cost taxpayers at least $585 million.

Cavoukian said it was hard to believe senior staff in McGuinty’s office didn’t know they had a legal obligation to retain their records and email correspondence for years.

© 2013 The Canadian Press