Ontario Provincial Police have laid criminal charges against two aides to former premier Dalton McGuinty in connection with the deletion of documents related to two cancelled gas plants.
And there is a B.C. connection.
One of those charged is a high-profile official with the governing BC Liberals. Laura Miller has now resigned as executive director of the B.C. party.
She, along with former McGuinty chief of staff David Livingston, are charged with breach of trust, mischief in relation to data, and misuse of a computer system.
The charges stem from their alleged role in the deletion of emails concerning the cancellation of some gas plants before the 2011 election.
At the time, Miller was McGuinty’s deputy chief of staff.
Miller says police acted unfairly
According to a statement released on social media, Miller says she’s being charged after formally complaining about the conduct of the Ontario Provincial Police.
She says some of her concerns were substantiated, but the police are appealing.
Miller says she does not believe police acted fairly and impartially, and plans to vigorously defend herself.
Clark, Coleman praise Miller
In a statement, Premier Christy Clark calls Miller a “person of integrity.”
Clark says Miller has worked to move her party and the province forward, and has stepped down to focus on clearing her name.
She adds it’s important to respect the process because the unproven allegations are before the courts.
Deputy Premier Rich Coleman says Miller did well by the party.
“Laura is a very professional lady who has done a great job for us. She has some issues with something that happened in Ontario a number of years ago that she stepped aside because of it after charges were laid. She has done that because she wants to go spend the time to protect her reputation and name by dealing with what has been charged.”