Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Wynne Pleads with Voters to Look Past Gas Plants Scandal to Economic Future

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Wynne Pleads with Voters to Look Past Gas Plants Scandal to Economic Future

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Wynne pleads with voters to look past scandal

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NEWMARKET, Ont. - It should come as no surprise that police are actively investigating the gas plants scandal, Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne said Friday as she pleaded with Ontario voters to judge her on her record and campaign platform.

Speaking at a campaign event less than a week before the election, Wynne urged people to consider how she has handled the scandal, and to focus on the "stark" choice they must make about the province's economic future.

"On election day, on June 12, I'll be judged on all of that -- on whether under my leadership I've done everything to ensure these mistakes won't happen, and on the virtues of my plan," Wynne said.

"I'm comfortable with that because I know I've kept my word."

On Thursday, provincial police investigating the alleged destruction of government documents related to the cancellation of two gas plants served the legislative assembly with a court order for logs showing who had entered the legislature.

"The production order issued by the court was basically delivered by fax to the employees of the legislature," said OPP Sgt. Pierre Chamberlain.

"It's not unlike a search warrant in that the police are looking for something, but in this particular case because our investigators knew exactly what they were looking for they were able to ask for the Ontario legislature to be ordered by the court to give up specific documents."

Police also confirmed having interviewed Wynne's predecessor, Dalton McGuinty, but rejected suggestions the timing of the court order was to counter ads produced by the OPP union this week attacking the Progressive Conservatives.

"I'm sure there's lots of fodder for conspiracy theorists unfortunately, but the reality of the situation is that the timing is totally part of the ongoing OPP investigation," said Chamberlain.

"It should be viewed exclusively in that light, but we know that there are people who are going to use that information for whatever means that they require."

Wynne was adamant the police probe has not affected her office, cabinet or caucus.

It was under McGuinty that the Liberal government cancelled the plants in Oakville and Mississauga -- a political decision the opposition parties say was made to save Liberal seats. …

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