…….which calls into question the integrity of the Premier of Ontario.  The leadership of that province has been soaked in corruption a long time.  To have corrupt union leaders using substantial union dues to influence the outcome of a democratic election should make every thinking citizen sit up, in grave concern,  and become informed and engaged voters.

Note what the punishment is for the staff who deleted all significant emails pertaining to the gas plant scandal,……..Mr. Faist and Ms. Miller had since moved to British Columbia where Ms. Miller became the Executive Director of the BC Liberal Party.   They were rewarded for their nefarious activity!!

http://news.nationalpost.com/2014/06/05/tim-hudak-accuses-ontario-liberals-of-making-backroom-deal-with-opp-union-to-secure-election-support/ “But the transcript of a discussion held by OPPA executives tells a different story. As part of the online discussion, Jim Christie, the OPPA’s president, says a Liberal majority would be “the best case scenario” for the union.”

http://news.nationalpost.com/2015/03/09/rcmp-searches-offices-of-opp-association-as-part-of-probe-into-alleged-criminal-misconduct/

RCMP searches offices of OPP association as part of probe into alleged criminal misconduct

Douglas Quan, Postmedia News | March 9, 2015 | Last Updated: Mar 9 9:38 PM ET
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President Jim Christie, left, and vice-president Martin Bain of the Ontario Provincial Police Association have taken voluntary leave after their offices were raided by the RCMP last Friday.

Ontario Provincial Police AssociationPresident Jim Christie, left, and vice-president Martin Bain of the Ontario Provincial Police Association have taken voluntary leave after their offices were raided by the RCMP last Friday.

The Mounties are investigating allegations of criminal misconduct involving senior people connected to the Ontario Provincial Police Association (OPPA), the body that represents 9,000 employees.

As a result of a complaint, 13 search warrants were executed Friday at multiple locations, including at the police union’s head office in Barrie and at people’s homes, Const. Jean Juneau, a spokesman for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, said Monday. He declined to describe the nature of the allegations.

However, CTV Barrie was reporting that sources said the investigation relates to allegations of theft, fraud, criminal breach of trust, laundering proceeds of crime and fraudulent concealment.

The association has fully cooperated with the RCMP investigation by providing them with the items identified in their search warrant

Const. Juneau said there have been no arrests or charges. All court records related to the case are under seal.

“The investigation is in the early stages,” he said. “We want to validate any allegation that is brought to us as a complaint.”

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OPPA/FacebookOPP Association President Jim Christie has taken a voluntary leave from his position after the RCMP executed search warrants at the association offices last Friday.

The association confirmed its headquarters had been searched, as well as the offices of Jim Christie, the president, Martin Bain, the vice-president, and Karl Walsh, the chief administrative officer.

“The RCMP is conducting a criminal investigation and believed that evidence to support its investigation could be found in the OPP Association Head Office as well as the offices of President Christie, Vice-President Bain and CAO Walsh,” the association said in a statement.

It added it is co-operating with the RCMP and has given investigators items listed in the search warrant.

Mr. Christie and Mr. Bain, both OPP officers, have taken voluntary leaves of absence. The board of directors has placed Mr. Walsh on administrative leave.

“These actions should not be considered admissions or implications of wrongdoing or liability by anyone or by the association,” the OPPA statement said, adding it is obtaining specialized independent legal advice.

The police association made headlines in June when it attacked Tim Hudak, then-leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservatives.

For the first time in its 60-year history, it launched two 15-second political ads, urging people not to vote for him in the provincial election.

“His positions on arbitration, public-sector pensions and further wage freezes, among other issues, are unacceptable to our members who put their lives on the line for their communities every day,” Mr. Christie said at the time.

“Let me be clear. These ads do not serve as an endorsement for the Liberals or the [New Democratic Party]. This also does not mean that we don’t respect and work well with many in the Conservative caucus. We just don’t want this Conservative as premier.”

Mr. Hudak stepped down as party leader after Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals won a majority victory.

OPP Deputy Commissioner Scott Tod said the agency was notified of the investigation Monday and could not comment on the case or the status of Messrs. Christie and Bain.

Mr. Walsh was a provincial Liberal candidate in Barrie during the 2011 election.

Doug Lewis is now the association’s acting president.

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From WIKIPEDIA:

As the questions arose concerning the accuracy of the Liberals’ claim that the two gas plant cancellations only cost $230 million, opposition members of the Legislative committee asked new Energy minister Chris Bentley to hand over all documents related to the gas plant cancellations.

On May 16, 2012, the Estimates Committee of the Ontario Legislature adopted a motion directing the former Minister of Energy, the Ministry of Energy and the OPA to produce “all correspondence, in any form, electronic or otherwise, that occurred between September 1, 2010 and December 31, 2011 related to the cancellation of the Oakville power plant as well all correspondence, in any form, electronic or otherwise, that occurred between August 1, 2011 and December 31, 2011 related to the cancellation of the Mississauga power plant.”

On May 30, 2012, the former Minister of Energy declined to disclose the records requested by the Estimates Committee, citing “the confidential, privileged and highly commercially sensitive nature of the issues.”

On July 13, 2012, 500 pages of emails, letters and PowerPoint presentations were released to the Estimates Committee. Members of the opposition were not satisfied with the 500 pages of documents that were produced

On August 27, 2012, a member of the Estimates Committee sought a ruling from the Speaker on whether privilege had been breached by the failure of the former Minister to provide the documents ordered.

On September 12, 2012, Energy Minister Chris Bentley stated he would comply with the Speaker’s order to provide gas plants documents but asked for six weeks more time so as to not jeopardize negotiations with TCE.[15] However, an agreement had been made with TCE on August 24, 2012.

On September 13, 2012, the Speaker found in favour of members of the opposition that there was a prima facie case for contempt by the former Minister and, through the issuance of a Speaker’s ruling, ordered the former Minister to comply with the Estimates Committee motion.

On September 21, 2012, Don Guy, the Manager of the Liberals’ 2011 campaign, emailed Premier’s Office staffer Laura Miller and the brother of the Premier saying the Speaker needs to “change his mind” on his ruling. Miller emailed back to Guy stating Premier’s Office staffer Dave Gene “is putting the member from Brant [ie: Levac] on notice we need better here.” [16]

On September 24, 2012, the Liberals release 36,000 documents. On September 25, 2012, the Progressive Conservatives introduce a motion of contempt to the legislature.[17] On October 12, 2012, an additional 20,000 previously undisclosed documents were released by the Liberals. However, not a single document originated from any of the political staff in the office of the Minister of Energy.

§Prorogation and Premier McGuinty’s resignation[edit]

On October 1, 2012, Government House Leader Office (GHLO) staffer David Phillips emailed the Premier’s Chief of Staff (Livingston) and Deputy Chief of Staff (Miller) with his “very rough views/pitch on prorogation.” The email noted the various scandals enveloping the Liberals and being pursued by various legislative committee meetings. “If we prorogue… these will not take place for the next five months.”[16]

On October 15, 2012, Dalton McGuinty prorogued the legislature and announced his resignation pending a leadership convention.[18]

On October 20, 2012, Liberal government staffers used a media source to present the false-flag story that McGuinty may be quitting to pursue the leadership of the federal Liberal party. Don Guy added that a polling firm included the false McGuinty federal candidacy in a poll to be reported in the media.[16]

§New contempt charges[edit]

On Thursday, March 7, 2013, the Standing Committee on Justice Policy began their review of the contempt charge against Chris Bentley as well as “observations and recommendations concerning the tendering, planning, commissioning, cancellation, and relocation of the Mississauga and Oakville gas plants”.[19] Conservative committee members called the Honourable Peter Milliken PC, former federal Speaker of the House of Commons, as a witness. Milliken stated “This [contempt charge] didn’t meet the standards for a contempt motion. I found the (Tories’) request at the time reckless,”.[20]

§The cover-up discovered[edit]

Although 56,500 documents had been tabled from the Ministry of Energy and the OPA to comply with the May 16, 2012 motion of the Estimates Committee of the Legislature, none of the documents came from the political staff in the Minister’s Office. The Justice Committee asked the former Chief of Staff Craig MacLennan to give testimony.

At a meeting of Justice Policy Committee of the Legislature on April 9, 2013 NDP MPP Peter Tabuns asked the former Chief of Staff to the Minister of Energy why the political staffer had provided no documents. MacLennan replied: “I didn’t have any responsive documents. I regret that I didn’t have any responsive documents. My colleague coordinated the search in the office. All I can speak to is what my work habit is, which is to keep a clean inbox. I always have worked that way.”[21]

On April 12, 2013 NDP MPP Peter Tabuns lodged a complaint with the Ontario Privacy Commissioner asking her to investigate “what appears to be a breach of protocol and a violation of the Archives and Recordkeeping Act and the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.” [22]

The Privacy Commissioner’s report was tabled June 5, 2013. In the report, the Commissioner stated “While I cannot state with certainty that emails had been deleted improperly by the former Premier’s staff during the transition to the new Premier in an effort to avoid transparency and accountability, it strains credulity that no one knew that the practice of deleting all emails was not in compliance with applicable records management and retention policies.”.[23] The report found “the practice of indiscriminate deletion of all emails sent and received by the former Chief of Staff was in violation of the Archives and Recordkeeping Act, 2006 (ARA) and the records retention schedule developed by Archives of Ontario for ministers’ offices. In my view, this practice also undermined the purposes of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act F(FIPPA), and the transparency and accountability principles that form the foundation of both Acts. It truly strains credulity to think that absolutely no records responsive to the Estimates Committee motion and the Speaker’s ruling were retained.” [23]

The Privacy Commission meet with information technology staff at the Ministry of Government Services (MGS) to inquired about the possibility of retrieving the deleted emails from MGS’s central server. According to Cavourkian’s report “MGS IT staff described the difficulty and complexity of reconstructing data from a search in the email RAID server into a useable file. Specifically, MGS IT staff stated that while searching for a deleted email from yesterday would require a great deal of effort, searching for data from two or three months ago would be “fruitless, as the data no longer exists.” MGS IT staff further stated that reconstructing the data from a search in the RAID server into a useable file would be “tantamount to reconstructing a single shredded document from a bin of shredded documents.” The Commission also found there was “a culture of avoiding the creation of written documentation on the gas plants issue.”[21]

While probing the appropriateness of the staff of the Minister of Energy, the Commissioner was told Premier McGuinty’s Chief of Staff, David Livingston, had asked the Cabinet Secretary about ways to permanently delete emails from computers in the Premier’s Office. This fact was included in her June 5, 2013 report and led to the launch of an OPP investigation into the Livingston and the Premier’s Office two days later.[21]

On Aug. 20, 2013 Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian said the Wynne government had provided “inaccurate and incomplete information in my initial investigation” about the ability to retrieve deleted emails. “As a direct consequence of the incomplete response, the public has been misled…about the ability of staff to retrieve potentially relevant information.” [24]

On March 27, 2014 a court document became public in which the OPP stated they had probable cause to lay criminal charges against David Livingston, McGuinty’s last chief of staff. The document alleged Livingston hired an IT contractor to the Liberal Party, David Faist (who was also the common-law partner of the Premier’s Office staffer Laura Miller), to wipe clean the hard drives of computers in the Premier’s Office that contained information about the gas plant scandal. Police say the hard drives will “afford evidence” of breach of trust. Mr. Faist and Ms. Miller had since moved to British Columbia where Ms. Miller became the Executive Director of the BC Liberal Party. They were scheduled to give evidence to the Justice Policy Committee of the Legislature when an election was called, suspending the activity of the committee.

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