Ontario PCs say they won’t be ‘muzzled’ after Wynne threatens legal action over gas plant remarks

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne is shown outside her office at Queen's Park in Toronto on Thursday, March 27, 2014. Wynne has distanced herself from her predecessor, former premier Dalton McGuinty, following police allegations one of his staffers may have committed breach of trust.


Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne has raised the spectre of legal action against Tory Leader Tim Hudak, demanding he withdraw accusations she was involved in the alleged deletion of government emails in the gas plants scandal.

Wynne released an open letter on Sunday, with the Opposition leader expected to pounce on the issue during Monday’s Question Period in the legislature. She called Hudak’s allegations “false, misleading and defamatory.”

Court documents released on Thursday said police, who have an ongoing breach-of-trust investigation into the decision to cancel two gas plants, believe a senior aide to former premier Dalton McGuinty gave an outside tech expert access to computers in the premier’s office and wiped them clean.

Hudak quickly linked Wynne to the revelations, telling a news conference: “We now know that the coverup and criminal destruction of documents and emails took place in Kathleen Wynne’s office under her watch as premier,” adding that she “possibly ordered the destruction of documents.”

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne is congratulated by outgoing Premier Dalton McGuinty after winning the leadership race at the Ontario Liberal Party leadership convention in Toronto on Saturday January 26, 2013.

In Sunday’s letter Wynne demanded Hudak and his caucus not repeat the claim and scrub it from their website — which carried it as of Sunday afternoon.

“I have sought and obtained legal advice regarding your comments, and if steps are not taken immediately, I will have no choice but to take all necessary and appropriate steps to ensure your false statements are corrected,” Wynne writes.

A Wynne spokeswoman refused to spell out what those steps might be, but the Progressive Conservatives shrugged off the threat.

Hudak was not made available for comment Sunday, but Tory Energy Critic Lisa MacLeod told reporters in a teleconference that her party will not be “muzzled” by the premier.

“This was a media stunt by Kathleen Wynne and she is simply trying to send a chill down the backs of each and every opposition member who has the so-called audacity to question her.”

When asked if the party has sought legal counsel, MacLeod said that “We haven’t seen a legal letter to respond legally with.”

According to the allegations in the documents, which haven’t been tested in court, McGuinty chief of staff David Livingston sought high-level access to the computers to “wipe clean the hard drives” after McGuinty resigned amid controversy over the cancellation of two gas plants ahead of the 2011 election, which the auditor general estimates could climb to $1.1 billion.

In a snap news conference last week shortly after Hudak’s remarks, a fiery Wynne said his accusations that she participated in a coverup are “irresponsible.” Earlier she said that Livingston never worked in her office or her government, adding she was co-operating with the ongoing police probe.


McGuinty also denied last week that he knew anything about an effort to delete emails or documents.

One political watcher said the back and forth and Wynne’s insistence that it didn’t happen under her watch may be too “inside baseball” for voters to care about. Attention will likely shift to pocketbook matters as the government gets closer to handing down its budget this spring, said Henry Jacek, who teaches political science at Hamilton’s McMaster University.

“A lot of people, I think, have basically thought, well this money was wasted, it’s unfortunate but that water’s gone over the dam. We’re not going to get that money back again so it’s time to move on,” he said.

It’s alleged that during the transition period to Wynne’s administration, Livingston arranged for his executive assistant Wendy Wai to have special access to desktops in the premier’s office, even though she had little knowledge of computers.

Police alleged in court documents that Peter Faist, who wasn’t a government employee, was the person who actually accessed the 24 computers using Wai’s administrative privileges, including former deputy chief of staff Laura Miller’s, Livingston’s and other staffers.

A lawyer for Livingston has said his client did not break the law.

Police say Wai’s special administrator’s rights were valid from Feb. 4 to March 20 last year _ a timeline the Tories say underpin their claims, as Wynne was sworn in on Feb. 11.

But Wynne said members of McGuinty’s staff had no access to the premier’s office once she took over.

Faist, who police believe is Miller’s partner, was never officially hired by the government and did not undergo the required security screening, the documents say.

According to two staffers in the premier’s office, Faist accessed their computers a few days before Wynne was sworn in, saying he was getting them ready for the next government, police say.

The staffers said they couldn’t log into their computers after Faist left and called IT staff, who said it was clear that system files had been deleted, police allege.

Letter from Kathleen Wynee to Tim Hudak:

March 30, 2014

Mr. Tim Hudak
Leader of the Official Opposition
Room 381, Legislative Building
Queen’s Park
Toronto, Ontario
M7A 1A8

Re: Open letter from Premier Kathleen Wynne to Tim Hudak

Dear Mr. Hudak

During your press conference on March 27th you made several false, misleading and defamatory allegations about me. You alleged that I personally “oversaw and possibly ordered the criminal destruction of documents” and that criminal conduct took place in my office. The Ontario Progressive Conservative Party repeated these false allegations on its website and in a public mailing.

These allegations and accusations are false and utterly unsupported, and you ought to know it.

As political leaders it is our role and public duty to engage in spirited political debate on issues. The decision to relocate the gas plants and the facts related to the ongoing police investigation are legitimate subjects for this political debate. False, misleading and defamatory statements are not, and they represent the worst kind of politics. That is why I am writing this open letter to you.

There should be no tolerance for false and defamatory accusations as a means to gain political power.

I am asking you and your caucus to immediately stop repeating these untrue statements and to immediately remove them from the PC Party website and all other communications.

I have sought and obtained legal advice regarding your comments, and if steps are not taken immediately, I will have no choice but to take all necessary and appropriate steps to ensure your false statements are corrected.

Kathleen Wynne
Premier of Ontario

Statement on PC website regarding Kathleen Wynne

Shocking new information highlights Kathleen Wynne’s involvement in the ongoing Liberal gas plant cover-up, said Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak.

Joined by Ontario PC Energy Critic Lisa MacLeod, Hudak spoke to media after reports that hard drives were wiped clean of potentially incriminating information related to the two cancelled gas plants after Kathleen Wynne had taken over as Premier.

“Now we know that since this happened during her time in the Premier’s office, she oversaw and possibly ordered the destruction of documents during the cover-up”

The OPP’s Anti-Rackets squad alleges that a former McGuinty staffer gave an outside tech expert access to two dozen computers in the premier’s office.

Hudak said there is no question that the cover-up has continued with Wynne as Premier.

“This is now clearly more Kathleen Wynne’s scandal than Dalton McGuinty’s.”

The auditor general has estimated that the gas plant scandal has cost taxpayers as much as $1.1 billion.


Commentary by the Ottawa Mens Centre

At the end of the day, the buck stops with Premier Kathleen Wynne who is apparently unwilling to acknowledge any and all wrong doing including past, present and future abuse of process, corruption and criminal activity by the Liberals.

Premier Kathleen Wynne has been a long time support of the cartel of 54 private unaccountable "corporations" called the Children's Aid Societies of Ontario who have for decades abused their power and cost Ontario unnecessarily billions of dollars each and every year due to Fabrication of Evidence by the lowest forms of life in Ontario, the underbellies of the Child Protection Workers who habitually fabricate evidence to abuse children the cruelest possible fashion.

Premier Kathleen Wynne has refused to act regarding Fabrication of Evidence why well know Children's Aid Society of Ottawa Lawyer Marguerite Isobel Lewis who fabricates evidence to Abuse Children in the cruelest possible way by failing to return children to parents when they never had any evidence or justification to take and or keep children in the first place.

Premier Kathleen Wynne is part of the Corrupt Extreme Feminist Lobby Group of Ontario that believes in what is practically called "Male Sharia Law" where fathers have no rights and where the Province of Ontario spends Billions of Dollars annually to ever increase the number of fatherless children in the Province of Ontario.

The Liberals have been the prime supporters of the Corrupt, evidence fabricating Children's Aid Societies for decades and have fought against any accountability for the those who abuse children under the subterfuge of "Child Protection".

Ontario needs a Government Run Department of Child Protection and a Clean Sweep of any and all of the professional child abusers called Child Protection Workers in Ontario who refuse to even register as "social workers".

If you are thinking of Emigrating to Ontario, DONT, it is the Most corrupt place in one of the most corrupt countries in the world.


Premier Kathleen Wynne is the front page picture of the Extreme Feminist Lobby Group that costs Ontario Billions of Dollars in Taxpayer money supporting State Run Criminal Enterprises or State Paid Criminals who have positions of Absolute Power that is abused Absolutely.

Premier Kathleen Wynne is nothing different from the Prior Liberal leadership and mismanagement not to mention a government that has and will if reelected continue patronage appointments that cost Ontario Billions of Dollars each year to engage in criminal abuse of power.

In Ottawa Crown Attorney Vikki Bair recently stayed Charges against an Ottawa Lawyer who has a Notorious reputation for Perjury, for Swearing and Filing Affidavits of Service when he had not served the documents.

Vikii Bair Stayed the charges to protect the Corrupt Ottawa Police Detective Peter Van Der Zander who fabricated evidence to NOT charge one of the most violent cases of domestic violence in Ontario and incarcerated the victim for no other purpose than to obstruct Justice.

Crown Vikii Biar earns $200,000 a year. Rotten Cop Det. Peter Van Der Zander earns $122,000 a year as part of the Ottawa Police's enforcement of what is known as "Male Sharia Law".

That is, the Ottawa Police and the "underbelly" of the Crown Attorney's Office, devote their time to prosecuting Male Victims of Domestic Violence while Staying, withdrawing or giving what is known as "A Free Pass" to the most violent of criminals in society as long as they are female.

Premier Kathleen Wynne is just another Extreme Feminist that is part of the Canadian Man Haters Association who devote incredible resources to promoting hatred against men, fathers in particular, under the guise of public service.