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WATCH: Wynne calls Hudak's accusations "baseless"

The Premier speaks for a second time on gas plant allegations.

Premier Kathleen Wynne called a late-day news conference to express her anger at the Progressive Conservative leader.

Earlier, Tim Hudak alleged Wynne called the shots in some of the email deletion, now that police documents show a former high-level staff member had access to computers in the premier's office during the transition period.

That's when former-premier Dalton McGuinty handed the keys to his office to Wynne.

But Wynne says Hudak's comments are "irresponsible, they're disgraceful and they're an insult to his office."

She calls this the "worst kind of politics" - a personal attack.

Newly released police documents in the gas plant investigation have led to a likely criminal charge of breach of trust against McGuinty's old chief-of-staff David Livingston.

Wynne stresses when she took over as Premier on Feb. 11, 2013, Livingston did not work for her.

It's alleged that David Livingston gave an outside IT expert access to two dozen computers in the premier’s office, which is suspected to have led to the permanent deletion of information.

And that expert - a staff member's tech-savvy boyfriend.

This was the second time Wynne addressed the media on this matter.

Earlier in the day, she called the allegations "very disturbing."

Wynne says if true, "this not the way a premier's office should conduct itself."


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  1. DAVID HOBSON posted on 03/27/2014 10:16 PM
    MCGUINTY, WYNNE LIBERALS SHOULD PAY BACK 1.1BILLION TO ALL ONTARIO TAXPAYERS AND THEN BE LOCKED UP IN A TRANSPARENT JAIL SO WE CAN ALL SEE WHAT THEY ARE DOING.
    1. Alex posted on 03/28/2014 06:41 AM
      @DAVID HOBSON That person should be locked up right beside Conservative Rob Ford.
    2. Stephen posted on 03/28/2014 09:00 AM
      @Alex Ford is not a conservative, he can call himself whatever he wants. He never was and never will represent a conservative perspective.
  2. Angry Bill posted on 03/28/2014 01:00 AM
    I listened to her answer the questions. Or rather, carefully step through them, being very particular in what she actually said.

    To be fair, though, nothing she could have said would have convinced me that the provincial liberals aren't the most corrupt, immoral and self-serving government this province has ever known.

    And there are people who want to vote that back in. Really. You can't fix stupid.
    1. Karl Burgin posted on 03/28/2014 09:00 AM
      @Angry Bill Unfortunately I keep hearing that a lot of people when interviewed on the street have no idea of what's going on- or anything about the gas plants....

      I'm not sure how that's possible, or if people are just WILLFULLY looking the other way. But i guess we need some 21st way of broadcasting this to people so they get the idea...(social media, MTV, i don't know)

      Between the voter apathy, and the voter stupid, the Liberals would be guaranteed another term if an election was held. And I guess that's the Ace the Liberals are counting on- if it comes down to that.

      And I hate to drag on a point, but this is exactly the reason why Tory should have went provincial. PCs desperately need his leadership. I know Hudak is trying but it's just not resonating. There is more at stake for the province than what revolves in and around Toronto- and Tory is the perfect man for that job. There is a lot more at stake concerning the outcome at Queen's Park over City Hall.
  3. Alex posted on 03/28/2014 06:22 AM
    Rob Ford is a crook and drug taking criminal activity Conservative that wants you to only focus on this issue.

    lol
    1. Jim posted on 03/28/2014 07:42 AM
      @Alex Firstly, learn to either speak or type properly. Secondly, Ford's failings are personal and have not cost taxpayers vast sums of money. The Liberals have "stolen" in excess of $3 billion from Ontario taxpayers with the Gas Plan Scandal, the E-Health Scandal, Ornge Air Ambulance Scandal, the Green Energy folly, etc. The list goes on, but this is sufficient to demonstrate the point.
    2. Rob Ambeau posted on 03/28/2014 08:45 AM
      @Jim Not to mention the Hydro debt retirement we have all been paying and should have been stopped. Add another 3 billion there. Funny how this slipped through the cracks this week but I want it to be remembered.
    3. Karl Burgin posted on 03/28/2014 08:53 AM
      @Rob Ambeau I second it...I want it remembered too.

      I'm also surprised that wasn't a headline-maker as well....
    4. Laura posted on 03/28/2014 11:36 AM
      @Alex Deflection is always the last dying gasp tactic of the Liberal apologist.
  4. Scrappy posted on 03/28/2014 07:46 AM
    Alex, you must live in another universe. There has been nothing in the news for months except Ford while Wynne has been given easy shrift.

    Talk about "wearing blinkers" and also being deaf.
  5. karen posted on 03/28/2014 07:56 AM
    Done and done. Bring on the election.
    1. Karl Burgin posted on 03/28/2014 09:02 AM
      @karen As much as I agree with the sentiment, I would be careful what you wish for.
      Unfortunately, somehow Wynne is still leading in the polls. If an election was held and she won, then her Premiership would be legitimate. And that's the last thing we want.
      I'm not sure what the answer is, but it has to be a scenario where there is an election without the Liberals being in the picture.
  6. Stephen posted on 03/28/2014 09:02 AM
    The Liberal/NDP coalition is baseless and needs to call an election now! Wynne has been involved in the deepest levels of this governments wrong doing. The deletion of files continued after she took office according to the OPP, so she owns it!
  7. Frankie posted on 03/28/2014 09:23 AM
    Anyone wonder why the Toronto Star isn't camping out at McGuinty's doorstep or there's no media circus surrounding him? So what if he's no longer premier.

    Goes to show the liberal bias of most of the media. They should be on his ass like a hairy pimple.

    Further proof that, although Ford deserves the attention he brought on himself, the media's bias against conservatism is as prominent as the Liberals incompetence
  8. Dennis posted on 03/28/2014 11:14 AM
    total irresponsible comments by the freakin turd Hudak. unless he has proof shut the eff up turd face. he's dead man walking anyways. does he and the rest of the union hating eff ups posting on here not realize every time he opens his mouth it just hardens the other sides position. all he his is a distraction with zero policies most don't buy.
    eff off Hudak!!
    1. Frankie posted on 03/28/2014 11:35 AM
      @Dennis Ontario Liberal voters are the stupidest morons in Canada. They and their crooked, lying, incompetent government should be the true butt of late night jokes. As bad as Ford has been as an "international embarrassment" he doesn't even compare to Ontario's stupidity.

      I'd compare the Liberal voters to the intellect of the honey boo boo crowd.
    2. don was right posted on 04/01/2014 08:59 AM
      @Dennis Toyota employees are gonna find out what union hating means soon enough. Hope your loan on your KIA is paid up
  9. Brent White posted on 03/28/2014 11:33 AM
    This Liberal party has been in power for more than 10 years now. Ms. Wynne has been with this paty in very high ranking for at least 3 years. She was also the CO-CHAIR for Dalton McGuinty's re-election campaign in 2011. As well - her signture is on the document that cancelled theOakville and Mississauga power plants. She cannot simply try to evade the questions and appropriate accusations of her role in this scandal. She did not come to the "appointment as premier" on a clean slate. There is E-Health (almost $2 billion wasted), Ornge ($1 billion wasted), Green Energy (more than $3 billion), All-day Kindergarten ($1 billion each year!).

    This party is governing to win, not to best serve the people of Ontario and the rest of Canada. It was clear when Ms. Wynne said the decision to cancel the gas plants was a political decision - to save the seats in those ridings. Absolutley disgusting behaviour. And she has the gall to say that Tim Hudak is practicing the worst kind of politics? Shame on you premier and your entire party. You have shamed us all. And for this lack of leadership and moral fortitude, you should do the right thing. Call the election and run on your record. Let the voters decide. You have lived in the shadow of the previous leader for too long. You cannot escape the mess that was created and continues to fester under your watch.

    You claim to be the leader of the party "whose steady hands have been running the province". Yet now you are trying to distance yourself from that background. You cannot have it both ways Premier. Either you were involved in the previous scandals (as is the rest of your party) and are limiting your answers, or you are the most inept leader ever. What is it?

    I believe that to be steady hands of corruption leading the province into bankrupcy and despair. We need change, we need real leadership. It has to happen and happen NOW
    1. Frankie posted on 03/28/2014 11:37 AM
      @Brent White It seems steady hands are required not only to "steal", lie, and mismanage, but also to erase hard drives.
  10. Mike posted on 03/29/2014 09:37 AM
    She sounds like Shaggy:

    "It Wasn't Me"

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2g5Hz17C4is
  11. Mark posted on 03/29/2014 03:05 PM
    I can see it now. The libranos jumping up and down with joy because a large fire and a cop being shot was able to deflect the media idiots from the real news. That REAL news is and was, about addition evidence on how corrupt this liberal government is.

    Who would have thought that the scum sucking liberals would benefit from a cop being shot.

    BTW, why is it that every time a cop gets shot we have to listen about what a wonderful man he is and how such a great dad he is, bla, bla, bla. Please, anyone got a barf bag ??
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