Opposition Parties Grill Liberals over Gas Plant Cancellation Search Warrants

Opposition parties unanimously grilled the Ontario government at Queen’s Park over the recent announcement by OPP to have obtained search warrant targeting newly unveiled data storage facility allegedly used by the Ontario government as they claim it has raised new “troubling” questions about the gas plants scandal.

A member of Queen’s Park committee investigating the Liberal government’s decision and NDP House Leader, Gilles Bisson, mentioned in a news report that OPP officers have successfully convinced a judge to order search warrants suggesting that they are still in pursuing the supposedly deleted staff e-mails. Bisson stated that “it’s going to be interesting to see what comes out of this data centre. We may end up very well having to talk to a few people over again because they swore as witnesses at this committee that in fact none of this information existed.” He also added that “as soon as I saw that appear… it was like ooooh, they found something. That’s kind of what it told me.”

Meanwhile on the other hand, one of two PC MPPs who asked the OPP to investigate destroyed government records, Vic Fedeli, mentioned that this development looks like a significant “breakthrough” in the investigation. He alleged that “the fact that the OPP were able to compel a judge to indeed issue a search warrant tells us this is very serious.” Additionally, Ontario’s information and privacy commissioner, Ann Cavoukian, also deduced that the senior staff in former premier Dalton McGuinty’s office broke the government’s own record-keeping law.

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