Wynne Government Won’t Follow Through on Transparency

October 29, 2014

QUEEN’S PARK – The Ontario PC Caucus presented an Opposition Day motion earlier today to ensure the parliamentary investigation into the cancellation of the Mississauga and Oakville power plants – and the destruction of official Government records that followed – could complete its work by interviewing two key witnesses.


“The Justice Committee identified former McGuinty staff member Laura Miller and her partner Peter Faist as key players in the early days of the Wynne government” – MPP Jim McDonell commented. “According to OPP documents and other testimonies, Faist is suspected of wiping several hard drives containing Government correspondence in the Premier’s Office. Both Faist and Miller have left Ontario. If the Committee is to finish its investigative work, these last two witnesses must be interviewed”.


Previous efforts to question the witnesses were derailed when a snap election was called by Kathleen Wynne just a few days before they were to appear before the Justice Committee. The Government has since tabled legislation regarding the retention of Government records.


“The Liberal Government obstructed our work on all Parliamentary investigations, preventing Ontarians from knowing the truth about massive scandals such as ORNGE, the gas plants and others.” – MPP McDonell added. “Their opposition to today’s motion demonstrates that their attitude to transparency hasn’t changed – they will oppose it and hamper it with all their power. Ontarians deserve nothing short of the truth on the cancellation of the Mississauga and Oakville gas-fired power plants, just as they deserve the truth on the MaRS project developer’s bailout”.


Although the PC and NDP caucuses voted in favour of the Opposition Day Motion, they were outvoted by the Liberal majority.