Documents Implicate Cabinet and Premier in Power Plant Fiasco

October 17, 2012

QUEEN’S PARK – References to “Project Vapour”, cited by senior bureaucrats and the Premier’s Chief of Staff are included in the second document release on the Mississauga and Oakville gas-fired power plant cancellations. The documents indicate the existence of a Cabinet minute – a note for the record emerging from a Cabinet meeting – that could prove the existence of a Cabinet effort to use the Mississauga and Oakville power plant cancellations for political gain.

Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry MPP Jim McDonell commented: “Codenames are used by governments to conceal information. Any document stored in a code-named directory will not be found under a Freedom of Information request. Why was this necessary? What is Project Vapour? Why did the Minister of Energy choose a contempt charge rather than release these documents when ordered to do so?”

Monday’s prorogation killed the work of the Finance Committee, tasked with investigating the Mississauga and Oakville cancellations.

MPP Jim McDonell continues to demand transparency: “McGuinty couldn’t have chosen a better moment to resign. The house of cards he built around himself is collapsing, unable to resist the burden of accountability. Ontarians deserve to know which leadership candidates knew of the cover-up and willingly participated in it. Just like McGuinty delayed the release of the Drummond report until after the 2011 election, again he is trying to keep Ontarians in the dark until after the leadership convention. Ontarians deserve better”.