The latest revelations in the Ontario Provincial Police investigation of deleted documents in the gas plants scandal centre on three key players.
David Livingston: Lean, bespectacled and bearded, he left a lucrative 30-year banking career to join the public service in 2005 as chief executive of Infrastructure Ontario.
In May 2012, he was pulled into the political fishbowl as then-premier Dalton McGuinty’s chief of staff. The job lasted just nine months before McGuinty resigned amid controversy and turned the premiership over to Kathleen Wynne.
Livingston’s lawyer, Brian Gover of Stockwoods LLP, has worked behind-the-scenes to dissuade the OPP from pursuing his client.
“David Livingston had an outstanding 30-year career at TD Bank, including at the executive level. He earned an impeccable reputation in the private sector,” Gover wrote police in an 18-page letter a year ago.
“Now that he has returned to the private sector, his reputation is very important to him. That reputation stands to suffer severe and unfair damage if unfounded allegations against him are disclosed in public.”
Laura Miller: One of the most powerful women in the final days of the McGuinty government, Miller was deputy chief of staff to the premier and worked closely with Livingston.
She was the brains of McGuinty’s political operation with a strong sense of what her boss wanted. Even after his resignation, she helped him with testimony before the legislature’s justice policy committee probing the cancelled plants.
She also testified herself but a second scheduled appearance last May was cut short when the NDP joined the Progressive Conservatives in defeating minority Premier Kathleen Wynne’s budget, triggering an election that resulted in Wynne returning with a majority.
Miller has been serving as executive director of the B.C. Liberal Party.
Peter Faist: Miller’s common-law spouse and a computer expert, Faist has been living in British Columbia and agreed to be interviewed by the OPP on Oct. 9.
He, too, had been slated to testify before the legislative committee into the gas plants scandal until the election was called.
According to his LinkedIn account, Faist is a security solutions consultant with “advanced technical skills and solid experience with all manner of network devices and servers” who has worked for “some of the biggest companies in Canada.”