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Dalton McGuinty blamed chief of staff for any lax record-keeping

Dalton McGuinty has laid the blame for any lax record-keeping in the $1.1 billion scandal over cancelled power plants on his former chief of staff, David Livingston


Dalton McGuinty has laid the blame for any lax record-keeping in the $1.1 billion scandal over cancelled power plants on his former chief of staff, David Livingston, who is under police investigation for breach of trust.

Court documents released Friday have the former Liberal premier saying he never asked Livingston — who has denied any wrongdoing and has not been charged — to approach a top bureaucrat about computers in the premier’s office.

McGuinty also “could not offer an explanation on why Mr. Livingston was seeking administrative computer passwords and information on how to permanently delete emails and other electronic documents.”

Police have alleged Livingston got a special password enabling the holder to scrub hard drives and gave it to Peter Faist, a non-government employee who was the computer-savvy boyfriend of deputy chief of staff, Laura Miller.

The former premier was interviewed April 15 in the OPP’s anti-rackets squad investigation into deleted emails requested by a legislative committee probing the debacle over the cancellation of power plants in Mississauga and Oakville because of community opposition before the 2011 election.

“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,” says the court document used to obtain a court order seeking visitor logs on Faist’s visits to the legislature.

Echoing his testimony before the committee, McGuinty told police that most of the deliberations in his office were “oral” and “our practice was to hash these things out in person.

Police noted McGuinty said he did not want detectives to make an audio recording of the interview and was later provided a copy of the police report on it, making “minor changes.”

The documents also indicate a preliminary forensic examination of 24 premier’s office hard drives seized in February shows they were accessed with a wiping software called WhiteCanyon “approved and used exclusively by the United States Department of Defence.”

Police conclude “the deleted data would be impossible to recover.”

Premier Kathleen Wynne’s office said “the (court) documents released (Friday) do not implicate any staff in the Wynne government. On the contrary, they demonstrate our full co-operation.”

Toronto Star

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