After a lengthy and fairly quiet OPP investigation into deleted e mails concerning the gas plant cancellations during the end of McGuinty’s career at drowning Ontario in a sea of debt in order to get election results for his opposition Government, the OPP have tracked down a possible location of those e mails.
Many scandals have circled this gang since they came to power in 2003 but nothing concrete up until now, except the ORNGE scandal, has been “pinned on” this out of control Government gang.
Ontarians may just get the justice they deserve for being literally “sold out” by their very own elected officials and saddled with the biggest debt ever incurred in the history of this “once great Province”.
We can only hope that our injustice at the hands of this Queen’s Park parasitic culture hasn’t been in vain!
The investigation into the deletion of gas-plant-related emails in former premier Dalton McGuinty’s office has seemingly intensified.
BY GARY DIMMOCK, OTTAWA CITIZEN FEBRUARY 19, 2014
OTTAWA — Ontario Provincial Police anti-rackets detectives who are investigating the destruction of emails in former premier Dalton McGuinty’s office executed a search warrant Wednesday at a storage company in Mississauga.
The police search at Recall, an international data-storage company headquartered in Atlanta, is the clearest indication yet that the criminal investigation has intensified.
The search also means that detectives won the support of a judge or justice of the peace, who would have reviewed a sworn police theory before granting the police their warrant.
It is not known what detectives seized, but it is known that the company searched is under contract to store computers and electronic data for the provincial government.
The latest step in the investigation, which has included several interviews with former top executives in McGuinty’s office, is to help detectives answer two main questions: Can the police retrieve the emails and who, if anyone, ordered the destruction of records about the true costs of a political decision to cancel two gas plants in Oakville and Mississauga.
The search comes a few months after detectives took an after-hours, behind-the-scenes tour of the premier’s office to get what was described by a source at Queen’s Park as a lay-of-the-land.
In response to news of the search, Premier Kathleen Wynne’s office — still trying to distance itself from the scandal — issued a statement.
“Since day one, the premier has been open and transparent about the Mississauga and Oakville gas plant relocations. We promised to open up the government completely, and we have done so to an unprecedented degree. We will continue to cooperate fully in any effort to gather information,” the statement said.
Detectives have made it clear to MPPs and staff at Queen’s Park that they will do everything they can to recover the emails in question.
If detectives were able to seize hardware with emails, they’ll have an untold number to review because some top political staff deleted their inboxes every day.
Some political staff didn’t keep paper records either, and there were apparently no notes taken during some meetings in the former premier’s office.
The investigation follows a scathing report by Ann Cavoukian, Ontario’s privacy commissioner, who concluded that records laws were broken when staff in the former premier’s office and the former energy minister’s office deleted emails related to the cancellation of the plants.
The commissioner’s investigators were not able to retrieve the emails and were told by IT staff and an independent forensic analyst that such a mission may be impossible. Having said that, Cavoukian noted that the OPP has far more resources, including IT specialists who scour computers for a living.
The criminal investigation was launched after MPPs Vic Fedeli, Progressive Conservative member for Nipissing, and fellow PC Rob Leone of Cambridge co-signed a complaint to OPP commissioner Chris Lewis.
“This (latest police search) gives credence to what we’ve been saying all along,” Fedeli told the Citizen on Wednesday. “There was a massive coverup as part of the gas plant scandal,” he said. “There were always two parts to the gas plant scandal: How much did the cancellation of the gas plants cost, and who ordered the coverup. The auditor general proved it cost $1.1 billion to cancel the plants; now the OPP will prove who was involved in the coverup.”
Insp. Paul Beesley, who is in charge of the anti-rackets unit, has been asked to include actions of all political staff in McGuinty’s office and in former energy minister Chris Bentley’s office in the investigation, according to Fedeli.