OTTAWA - Opposition MPs say they don't buy the story about the missing Senate e-mails that miraculously surfaced after being lost for three months.
New Democrat Leader Thomas Mulcair said Tuesday it's suspicious that the Privy Council Office found the correspondence from Prime Minister Stephen Harper's former legal counsel after initially saying they were deleted.
The bureaucratic arm of the Prime Minister's Office originally said Benjamin Perrin's e-mails were deleted as part of normal practice when he left the PMO.
The PMO had asked the PCO in September to give the RCMP e-mails of individuals whose names have surfaced in the investigation into bribery, fraud and breach of trust, but was informed Perrin's account was wiped clean.
Mulcair said the sudden recovery after the RCMP asked last week whether they could have been stored on a backup system fails the smell test.