Cops execute search warrants linked to Liberal gas plant scandal

Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty. (QMI Agency files)

Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty. (QMI Agency files)

Antonella Artuso, Queen's Park Bureau Chief

, Last Updated: 7:13 AM ET

TORONTO -- Opposition parties at Queen's Park say an OPP search warrant targeting a data storage facility used by the Ontario government raises new "troubling" questions about the gas plants scandal.

NDP house leader Gilles Bisson -- a member of a Queen's Park committee investigating the Liberal government's decision to cancel two gas plants at a loss of up to $1.1 billion -- said a news report that OPP officers had obtained a search warrant suggests investigators are still in hot pursuit of supposedly deleted staff e-mails.

"It's going to be interesting to see what comes out of this data centre. We may end up very well having to talk to a few people over again because they swore as witnesses at this committee that, in fact, none of this information existed," Bisson said. "As soon as I saw that appear ... it was like ooooh, they found something. That's kind of what it told me."

Vic Fedeli, one of two PC MPPs who asked the OPP to investigate destroyed government records, said this development appears to be a significant "breakthrough" in the investigation.

"The fact that the OPP were able to compel a judge to indeed issue a search warrant tells us this is very serious," Fedeli said.


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