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Police allege McGuinty's chief of staff breached public trust

with files from Katie Franzios

Former premier Dalton McGuinty's right hand man may be facing a criminal charge of breach of trust in an investigation launched over deleted gas plant emails.

Police suspect McGuinty's chief of staff David Livingston gave an outside tech expert access to 24 computers in the premier's office and that that access was used to permanently wipe information off of the computers.

It still isn't know what exactly the expert did to the computers but the OPP anti-rackets squad now have two dozen hard drives in their possession that they will use in the hopes of figuring it out.

The drives were seized Feb. 19th from a data storage warehouse in Mississauga.

The information was contained in a search warrant request from the OPP who are investigating the gas plant cancellation scandal and the deleting of emails.

So far though nothing has been proven in court.

"Obviously this is a very serious allegation," said Premier Kathleen Wynne when pressed by the opposition during Question Period at Queen's Park Thursday.

"That David Livingston committed a breach of trust for illegally wiping computers, that's all I know, Mr. Speaker," said Wynne in Question Period. "We have said all along that we would cooperate with the OPP investigation."

Government House Leader John Milloy repeated they're letting officers do their jobs.

"Absolutely not," said Milloy when asked if this spelled the end for the Liberals. "This is a police investigation."

"It's a very serious matter, but at the same time, you know, we have been forthcoming, we've been forthcoming in terms of the committee process, providing documents, providing witnesses," said Milloy. "The police have come in. We've cooperated with the police."

But NDP leader Andrea Horwath, who has been keeping the minority Liberals alive, has more to think about come budget time.

"There's no doubt that those considerations are in play, but I think today the most important thing for us to deal with is the very, very serious allegations that are before us and make that commitment to get all of the answers for the people of this province," said Horwath.

PC Energy Critic and Nepean-Carleton MPP Lisa MacLeod called the entire situation troubling.

"We've known for a while now that there could have been breach of trust for several months," said MacLeod. "The OPP commissioner indicated to us at his last appearance at the gas plants committee that they were certainly going to pursue this," said MacLeod.

"Today's revelations, I think, have rocked Queen's Park," added MacLeod.

The gas plant cancellations in Mississauga and Oakville - cost taxpayers $1.1 billion.

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