Court case arising from deletion of gas plant emails returns today

The case of two former Ontario Liberal aides facing breach of trust and mischief charges returns to a Toronto court today.

David Livingston, who was former premier Dalton McGuinty’s chief of staff, and Laura Miller, who was the deputy chief of staff, were charged after police investigated the deletion of emails related to the Liberals’ cancellation of two gas plants prior to the 2011 election.

That decision cost Ontario taxpayers up to $1.1 billion.

Police alleged in court documents that Livingston and Miller hired Miller’s partner, Peter Faist – a computer expert under contract to the Liberals – who was given a special password by Livingston to wipe clean about 20 hard drives in the premier’s office.

Both Miller and Livingston have denied the charges.

Lawyers for Livingston and Miller are expected to schedule a judicial pre-trial – a closed-door meeting between a judge and the lawyers – at today’s appearance.

The federal prosecution service has been brought in to try the case instead of Ontario’s Ministry of the Attorney General.