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TORONTO -- Opposition accusations that Ontario's Liberal government intentionally deleted emails to cover up the cost of cancelling gas plants in Oakville and Mississauga were given more fuel Wednesday by the province's privacy commissioner.
Top Liberal staff in former premier Dalton McGuinty's office broke the law by deleting all emails related to the cancellation of the two gas plants, Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian reported after conducting a special investigation into NDP complaints.
"It truly strains credulity to think that absolutely no records ... responsive to the Speaker's ruling were retained," Cavoukian wrote in her special report called "Deleting Accountability: Records Management Practices of Political Staff."
"It is difficult to accept that the routine deletion of emails was not in fact an attempt by staff ... to avoid transparency and accountability."