Newspaper article The Canadian Press

McGuinty Says His Office Was 'Overwhelmingly Verbal,' Kept Few Records

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

McGuinty Says His Office Was 'Overwhelmingly Verbal,' Kept Few Records

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McGuinty admits his office kept few records

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TORONTO - Former Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty told police investigating the deletion of emails in the $1.1 billion gas plants scandal that his office was "verbal in nature" and kept few records, court documents released Friday revealed.

"Mr. McGuinty took the opportunity during the interview to speak about the overwhelming verbal nature of communications inside his office," wrote Det. Andre Duval in a request for a court order for visitors logs to the legislature.

The police interview with McGuinty, conducted in April, is detailed in an 'Information to Obtain a Production Order' which the OPP filed with the Ontario Court of Justice.

The OPP anti-rackets squad served the order last week, which added fuel to the gas plants scandal in the middle of the campaign for Thursday's election, but didn't stop the Liberals from winning a majority government.

McGuinty told police he was unfamiliar with records management policies and did not recall talking about the issue with David Livingston, his former chief of staff.

Police say in the court documents that Livingston is under investigation for possible breach of trust, but his lawyer has maintained he did nothing wrong and has broken no laws.

"Mr. McGuinty did mention that the chief of staff is ultimately responsible for all the activities that take place in the premier's office, including records management," wrote Det. Duval.

The court order asked the legislature's manager of technology infrastructure services to produce visitor logs to the Ontario legislature for Peter Faist, a computer expert who was on contract to the Liberals until earlier this year.

Police allege Livingston obtained a special administrator's password to all computers in the premier's office and gave it to Faist, the boyfriend of his deputy, Laura Miller, to wipe the hard drives clean. The OPP earlier said they recovered data from only four of the 24 hard drives seized after they were removed from the premier's office. …

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