Mar 05, 2013
By AM740 Staff
At Queen’s Park the Speaker of Ontario’s legislature has ruled that Liberal cabinet ministers were not in contempt and did not intentionally mislead the house about the release of documents on cancelled gas plants in Oakville and Mississauga.
Speaker Dave Levac says it’s clear then-energy minister Chris Bentley and other Liberals were wrong last September to insist all gas plant documents had been released when another 20-thousand turned up in October, and more last month.
However, in the absence of any evidence to the contrary Levac says he must assume the Liberals were being honest and believed their statements to be true at the time.
He says there was no attempt to mislead the legislature, so there is case to be made for contempt charges against the government.
The legislature’s justice committee will still investigate another contempt motion regarding the release of the gas plant documents .. where the Speaker had ruled there a case can be made for a breach of privilege.
Premier Kathleen Wynne has offered to expand the committee’s mandate to include all aspects of the gas plant cancellations, not just the release of documents.