Analysis: Time for NDP to pull the plug on Ont. Liberal government

Andrea Horwath. (QMI Agency)

Andrea Horwath. (QMI Agency)

Christina Blizzard, Queen's Park columnist

, Last Updated: 3:23 PM ET

TORONTO -- The question isn't "Will she?" but "When?"

When will Andrea Horwath bring down Kathleen Wynne's government?

Ontario's New Democratic Party leader loses credibility every time she wheels and deals to keep Wynne in power.

The allegations disclosed in search warrant documents made public last week are deeply troubling -- and should surely be enough ammunition for Horwath to say enough's enough.

If she doesn't, she'll wear this scandal as much as Wynne.

The search warrant application alleges that senior staff in former premier Dalton McGuinty's office allowed a person who was not a government employee to come in and wipe clean computer hard drives.

They are just allegations, and none of them have been tested in court.

McGuinty finally came out Friday from whatever rock he's been hiding under to say he didn't order the email deletions.

"As I have made clear in the past, including when I twice appeared before the legislative committee considering this matter, at no time was I made aware of nor did I direct the deletion of emails or documents," he says.

It doesn't matter whether he did or he didn't directly order it.

Once upon a time there was something called ministerial responsibility.

If an underling working for a cabinet minister screwed up, it was the minister who took the blame.

McGuinty hired his staff. They were working in his name to implement his agenda.

His name was on the door.

Of course he's to blame.

"In my office, it was my honour to serve alongside a hard-working and dedicated staff who, from top to bottom, were committed to the highest standards of public service," McGuinty said in an odd news release that landed in reporters' emails with no contact information if we had questions. No phone number where we might reach the former premier -- or even a spokesman for him.

Now there's a poke in the eye!


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