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OPP serve search warrant on gas plants at Ont. gov. IT office

Warrant seeks the electronic mailbox and backup tapes for Dalton McGuinty's former chief of staff.


TORONTO — The premier’s office confirms a search warrant was served at an Ontario government cyber security branch in Toronto last month related to the $1.1 billion gas plants scandal.

The OPP are investigating the deletion of emails in the office of former premier Dalton McGuinty on the Liberals’ decision to cancel gas plants in Oakville and Mississauga.

The search warrant seeks the entire electronic mailbox and its backup tapes for McGuinty’s former chief of staff, David Livingston, between May 1, 2012 and Feb. 11, 2013 – the day Kathleen Wynne was officially sworn in as premier.

It also seeks the email box and backup tapes of former McGuinty deputy chief of staff Laura Miller for the same dates.

In a previous court document, police alleged that Miller gave her computer tech boyfriend, Peter Faist, access to files in the premier’s office that were wiped clean.

The Liberal government ordered a legislative committee to write its report without agreeing to opposition demands to have Miller and Faist appear to face questions about the deleted email accounts.

Wynne’s office says the IT staff at the cyber security branch co-operated with the OPP, and points out the court order was directed only at the IT staff, not at any ministers, MPPs or current political staff.

© 2014 The Canadian Press

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