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Liberal foes rage over latest gas plant revelations

By Terry Davidson, Toronto Sun

Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak. (ANTONELLA ARTUSO/Toronto Sun)

Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak. (ANTONELLA ARTUSO/Toronto Sun)

TORONTO - 

Ontario’s PC and NDP parties reacted quickly with accusations of “corruption” and “scandal” to a report about new developments in the gas-plant scandal, including the revelation that former premier Dalton McGuinty had been interviewed by police.

OPP officers also served Queen’s Park staff with a court order for key records about the $1.1-billion cancellation of two gas plants, according to the Ottawa Citizen.

Ontario PC MPP Lisa MacLeod called for “a judicial inquiry under a new government.”

“It is clear that the public can’t trust Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals,” Ontario PC MPP Lisa MacLeod said in a statement Thursday night. “The only way to get to the bottom of this scandal is through a judicial inquiry under a new government.”

NDP MPP Gilles Bisson said police “knocking on the door of Queen’s Park” is an indicator that “it is time for change” at the province’s helm.

“These revelations about the OPP ... investigation into the Liberal gas plants scandal, show why Kathleen Wynne can’t run from the Liberal record of corruption anymore,” said Bission. “Armed police knocking on the doors of Queen’s Park is a clear sign the Liberals have to go. It is time for change, it is time to clean up Queen’s Park.”

Queen’s Park staff have 10 days to hand over the records to police, according to the published report.

Liberal Party spokesman Rebecca MacKenzie said in a statement that “Premier Wynne and the Ontario Liberal Party want to reiterate our commitment to full disclosure and independent investigation of the decision to relocate the gas plants.”

No MPPs or cabinet ministers were covered by the court order that was delivered to Queen’s Park staff, said the statement.

“We all know that the OPP investigation is ongoing,” it added. “The OPP is conducting its investigation into allegations against the former premier’s chief of staff and is doing so in a completely independent manner. We had no prior knowledge of the filing or of today’s disclosure.”

This latest revelation in the gas plant saga comes as the Liberals, PCs and NDP fight for support in the run-up to the June 12 provincial election.

It was during this week’s televised debate that Wynne took a verbal beating from the Tory’s Tim Hudak and the NDP’s Andrea Horwath over the gas plant cancellations, which happened while McGuinty was premier.

For her part, Wynne has repeatedly apologized for the fgovernment’s cancellation of the plants, which opponents say was done to save a couple of Liberal seats just west of Toronto.

— With files from QMI Agency

 


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