The attached document is the Wynne government’s latest stonewall put up against my efforts to learn through Freedom of Information searches what McGuinty knew about the gas scandal and when.
The FIPPA application I am appealing is the one where the Premier’s Office claims that they only have 88 pages of docs (almost all PR fluff, correspondence from outraged constituents, and media scans) from the period Jan 1, 2012 through Oct. 1, 2012 on the gas plants. I have previously posted that miserable little collection of 88 pages.
The gov’t’s submissions in the FIPPA appeal includes an affidavit and a legal submission from Counsel to Cabinet Office claiming that David Livingston, Laura Miller, and Dave Gene (among others) looked for the gas plant documents I specified and all they could find is that miserable little collection of 88 pages. They would have us believe that with hundreds of millions of public dollars on the line, a contempt proceeding raging in the Legislature, and with the Premier directly in charge, his office was not aware of any substantive issues.
At almost the same day the government was filing its stonewall against my appeal, the Justice Committee forced the release of approximately 30,000 pages of new documents. Those documents are still embargoed in confidentiality appeals by the government members of the Justice Committee. There is some chance the Committee will be able to overcome this latest obstructionism at their meeting on Tuesday August 6.
A few pages of this vast new library of material was released by the PCs earlier this week, as reported in part 52 of this series. This new release contains documents, all from September 2012, with the participation of Laura Miller, David Livingston, and John Brodhead. In those new documents, these people are directly involved in organizing the pressurization of Dave Levac, the Speaker of the Legislature. We know from his testimony that Livingston was one of McGuinty’s chief document destroyers.
Note also the likely involvement of John Fraser, the new Liberal member for Ottawa South. His first official duty at Queen’s Park should be answering questions before the Justice Committee on his role in the cover-up.
How is it that Laura Miller participated in a search for the documents I requested but failed to discover any documents that we now know she authored?
Refer to paragraph 17 of the lawyer’s letter in the government’s appeal response. Was Miller one of the people who reported in writing that no records had been obtained in her search?
(This post is incomplete. Given Miller’s impending appearance before Committee, I wanted to make this important new evidence of evil available to my readers. A more thorough discussion will be posted here as quickly as I am able.)