Pick any one of the 3 or all 3 at once and you’ll be in agreeance with Ontario’s most senior bureaucrat, Peter Wallace.
Are the gerbils at Queen’s Park turning on their masters finally?
Seems when leaders like McGuinty and Wynne along with every other Minister who has claimed “they know nothing” when it comes to scandalous behaviour is causing the staff to begin to turn on them and start the inevitable “meltdown” within this rotten cabal of tax thievery.
Wynne is trying to stall the inevitable by suing her opposition, Tim Hudak and Lisa MacLeod for saying what all Ontarians are saying: Wynne is as guilty as McGuinty in covering up scandals!
Alleged plan to cover up Ontario gas plant scandal was ‘criminally stupid,’ top bureaucrat tells committee
National Post Staff | April 16, 2014
Peter Wallace, Ontario’s cabinet secretary, answers questions during a committee hearing at Queen’s Park in Toronto on Tuesday, April 15, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese
Ontario’s most senior bureaucrat says he was shocked to learn that a top aide to former premier Dalton McGuinty allegedly oversaw a “criminally stupid” plan to delete emails about the gas plant scandal.
“I was extremely, extremely surprised to learn that there’s an allegation that the actions had crossed from a stupid idea, to something really stupid, to what the OPP were telling me was potentially criminally stupid in that context,” cabinet secretary Peter Wallace told a Queen’s Park committee Tuesday afternoon.
The OPP is investigating possible breach of trust charges for the alleged deletion of correspondence on the decision to cancel gas plants in Liberal ridings in the lead-up to the 2011 election, at a cost of $1.1-billion. The probe has focused on McGuinty’s former chief of staff David Livingston, who allegedly gave an outside tech expert access to computers in the premier’s office.
“My shock and my concern was crystal clear”
Wallace criticized the McGuinty government’s handling of the gas plant cancellations, and he complained that the affair put him in a position where he had to choose between serving his political masters or serving the public interest.
“I owe a broader duty of care to the office of the premier,” Wallace said — not to the person who occupies that office. “I owe a broader duty of care to the people of Ontario.”
The expensive cancellations should have been handled by “legal contract-holders” — provincial agencies, represented by public servants — and not McGuinty’s staff, the 30-year public servant told the justice committee, which is investigating the affair.