Feb 17, 2015
By Bob Komsic
A legislative committee, looking into the Liberals’ decision to cancel the Oakville and Mississauga gas plants before the 2011 election, says the government needs to clarify and strengthen its document retention process.
The committee began hearings two years ago when the opposition controlled the agenda as the Liberals were in a minority government.
But Premier Kathleen Wynne shut down the hearings last December, even though the opposition parties wanted to call two more witnesses.
They wanted to hear from Dalton McGuinty’s senior aide, Laura Miller and her tech savvy boyfriend, Peter Faist.
The OPP allege Faist was given a special password by McGuinty’s former chief of staff to wipe clean dozens of computer hard drives in the premier’s office.
The NDP says the inability to hear from the pair makes the just released report nothing more than a whitewash, while the Progressive Conservatives say it’s proof there was an attempted coverup.
It was the Liberals’ initial refusal to hand over documents to the opposition-dominated legislative committee that led to a rare contempt of Parliament charge that forced McGuinty to resign as premier in October 2012.