Top bureaucrat tells gas plant committee of 'stupid comment'

Secretary of Cabinet Peter Wallace testifies at gas plant committee at Queen's Park in Toronto on...

Secretary of Cabinet Peter Wallace testifies at gas plant committee at Queen's Park in Toronto on Tuesday, April 15, 2014. (Dave Abel/QMI Agency)

Antonella Artuso, Queen's Park Bureau Chief

, Last Updated: 7:33 AM ET

TORONTO — Ontario’s top bureaucrat says he would have been “appalled” had he known of a serious intent to bring in an unauthorized person to wipe government hard drives.

Secretary of Cabinet Peter Wallace told a government committee probing the gas plant scandal Tuesday that he did not take seriously a remark from David Livingston, former chief of staff to ex-premier Dalton McGuinty, that he planned to bring in an outsider to delete computer records.

“It struck me, to the extent it struck me at all, as a stupid comment, as an indication of passing frustration, and not something that one would reasonably expect any experienced executive to actually contemplate with any seriousness, let alone execute or apparently execute,” Wallace said in his testimony.

Ontario Provincial Police, seeking a search warrant to access 24 hard drives from McGuinty’s office, filed an information to obtain (ITO) that alleges Livingston allowed the boyfriend of a fellow political staffer to access office computers.


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