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Alberta watchdogs to investigate document shredding at legislature

Jill Clayton, information and privacy commissioner, and Peter Hourihan, public interest commissioner, will provide details on review

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EDMONTON – Two government watchdogs say they will investigate the shredding of documents as Alberta prepares to change governments.

Jill Clayton, information and privacy commissioner, and Peter Hourihan, public interest commissioner, are to provide details on the review later today.

Clayton issued a warning last week after photos appeared of bags and bags of shredded documents being hauled away from the legislature.

Opposition parties have been demanding action to preserve records.

The NDP and leader Rachel Notley are preparing to assume control of the government after almost 44 uninterrupted years of Progressive Conservative rule.

The Tories were reduced to third-party status in the legislature in last week’s election following a string of scandals.

Tory MLAs used government airplanes for party business and former premier Alison Redford was preparing to build a penthouse retreat on top of a government building under renovation.