The NDP is asking B.C.’s privacy commissioner to look into more possible cases of government staffers deleting emails linked to Freedom of Information requests.
MLA Doug Routley claims three more requests are allegedly missing emails from Nick Facey, then-deputy to Advanced Education Minister Amrik Virk.
“We asked for any and all records of email correspondence sent by Mr. Facey from June 9th to the 20th of 2014. This is a significant time because Mr. Virk, there was an issue around his participation in disclosure of salaries at Kwantlen University.”
He adds: “We’ve received responses to our FOI requests that claim no records exist, but when we overlap various requests we find that the records in fact do exists , but have either been destroyed or simply aren’t being produced.”
Last month, Tim Duncan, a former employee at the Ministry of Transportation came out with shocking allegations: that he’d been told to delete potentially damaging emails that had been requested through freedom of information.
The privacy watchdog, who is already investigating Duncan’s claims, says she is looking into Routley’s matter.
You can read the full letter from the NDP to BC Privacy Commissioner Elizabeth Denham HERE