Former McGuinty chief of staff Chris Morley to testify about gas plants

TORONTO – The Opposition is hoping for clear answers when a one-time top aide to former Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty testifies today at the committee hearings into cancelled gas plants in Oakville and Mississauga.

Chris Morley, McGuinty’s former chief of staff, will be grilled by the Progressive Conservatives and New Democrats about attempts by senior Liberals to delete emails on the cancelled gas plants.

The opposition parties say the correspondence was destroyed in an attempt to cover up the true cost of cancelling the energy projects, which ballooned to $585 million after the Liberals claimed it was $230 million.

Opposition Leader Tim Hudak says Premier Kathleen Wynne’s testimony at the committee “strained the bounds of credibility,” and advises Morley to be more forthcoming.

Hudak says the committee has witnessed what he calls “a troubling case of collective amnesia” from other Liberals who have already testified.

Provincial police are investigating Conservative complaints that top Liberals in McGuinty’s office not only deleted their emails on the gas plants, they tried to wipe the data completely from government computers.

Ontario’s privacy commissioner found senior Liberals in the premier’s office and the ministry of energy broke the law by deleting email accounts, knowing all their correspondence on the gas plants had been requested by the justice committee.