Ontario bureaucrat demoted in gas plant e-mail scandal

Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak along with energy critic Lisa MacLeod address...

Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak along with energy critic Lisa MacLeod address media at Queen Park on March 27, 2014. (Michael Peake/Toronto Sun)

Antonella Artuso, Queen's Park Bureau Chief

, Last Updated: 7:13 PM ET

TORONTO -- A top Ontario bureaucrat -- identified as a key figure in the Liberal government's computer wiping scandal -- has been erased as acting deputy for the Ministry of Government Services.

The change was announced within hours of Progressive Conservative MPP Lisa MacLeod's call for David Nicholl to step aside.

Craig Sumi, a cabinet office spokesperson, said Greg Orencsak had been scheduled to take over from Nicholl on April 22 but it was decided Tuesday that the switch would occur immediately.

Sumi could not explain the reasons for the decision made by Secretary of Cabinet Peter Wallace and confirmed by Kathleen Wynne's cabinet.

However, Nicholl remains Ontario's chief information and information technology officer.

Nicholl could not be reached for comment Wednesday.


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