More Gas Plant Documents Released
It doesn't stop at the 36,000 documents recently released on the Mississauga and Oakville gas plant cancellations.
On Friday, the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) made 13,935 more public and the Ministry of Energy almost 5,895 on top of that.
This comes after opposition parties accused the province of hiding documents surrounding the cancellations and the Liberals defending the fact that all relevant documents were released.
These new documents include email forwards from former Energy Minister Brad Duguid's office, as well as talking points from staff right before the Mississauga plant was cancelled, instructing the minister to underline how it became clear the province didn't need the Oakville plant.
"I am confident that both the OPA and the ministry acted in good faith to fully comply with the request of the committee and that no responsive documents were intentionally withheld." Current Energy Minister Chris Bentley said.
Bentley reveals that, at the time, he thought all related documents had already been released. As for if any more may come out in the future, he repeated ministry officials worked hard and submitted all the documents they found.
Bentley calls situation disappointing.
The province's finance committee is still expected to look into contempt allegations surrounding Bentley and the cancellations.
As it stands, the province maintains the cost to taxpayers is $190 million for Mississauga and $40 million for Oakville.