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Premier to visit Sault on Monday under cloud of controversy

Sunday, March 30, 2014   by: Staff

Premier Kathleen Wynne will be in Sault Ste. Marie on Monday amid new allegations by opposition leader Tim Hudak that she knew more than she says about the gas plant scandal and deletion of emails.

Wynne’s Liberals are facing mounting pressure after Ontario Provincial Police have showed renewed interest in former Premier Dalton McGuinty’s chief of staff.

According to the Canadian Press, opposition parties allege that the emails were deleted to cover up the true cost of cancelling the gas plants.

These allegations have not been proven in court.

Wynne insists that she inherited the gas plant controversy and will take “appropriate steps” to ensure what she sees as false statements are corrected.

In an open letter to Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak dated March 30, 2014, Wynne accuses Hudak of making defamatory allegations regarding her alleged involvement in the scandal, specifically regarding deletion of emails. will have coverage of Premier Wynne’s scheduled events on Monday.

Dear Mr. Hudak,

During your press conference on March 27th you made several false, misleading and defamatory allegations about me.

You alleged that I personally “oversaw and possibly ordered the criminal destruction of documents” and that criminal conduct took place in my office.

The Ontario Progressive Conservative Party repeated these false allegations on its website and in a public mailing.

These allegations and accusations are false and utterly unsupported, and you ought to know it.

As political leaders it is our role and public duty to engage in spirited political debate on issues.

The decision to relocate the gas plants and the facts related to the ongoing police investigation are legitimate subjects for this political debate.

False, misleading and defamatory statements are not, and they represent the worst kind of politics.

That is why I am writing this open letter to you.

There should be no tolerance for false and defamatory accusations as a means to gain political power.

I am asking you and your caucus to immediately stop repeating these untrue statements and to immediately remove them from the PC Party website and all other communications.

I have sought and obtained legal advice regarding your comments, and if steps are not taken immediately, I will have no choice but to take all necessary and appropriate steps to ensure your false statements are corrected.

Kathleen Wynne

Premier of Ontario

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Dave_55 3/30/2014 8:28:35 PM Report

learn how to spell Premier plz.


happy camper 3/30/2014 8:39:15 PM Report

go home we don't need your lying crap here
Mr. Poster 3/30/2014 8:42:12 PM Report

What is the purpose of her visit?
AlwaysAWinner 3/30/2014 8:43:16 PM Report

all this over deleted emails?

unless they were both personal emails, shouldn't there be logs of these emails? shouldn't there be a mail server logging these emails for audit purposes?

honestly they would just need to talk to IT to see if there's record of these emails. also, if one party deletes them, the other would still have them (either out of sent or inbox)

this sounds like a bunch of BS to either hold up real issues or delay certain ones.
Derd78 3/30/2014 8:47:32 PM Report

It is this kind of BS that is wrong with our government. Why do you think Dalton stepped down? I dunno so someone can assume the role and declare probable denial. "I don't know what happened" I am just here to fill a space and do a little damage control. Come on people, we need start getting involved with what our politicians are doing. The strongest thing we can do is get out there and vote, if you don't like what the party in control is doing, spread the word to your family and friends and try to elect one that better suits you. And if that party doesn't do the things you want. Go back next round and Vote them out. We as a Nation need to start using our chartered rights to make sure that our government does what WE want not what they want. Go out get educated about the parties and make your decision based on what you want. end rant.
palace 3/30/2014 9:02:12 PM Report

She should be attending a public inquiry and not the Sault.
Our tax money is being spent on such things as the gas plants issues and advertising by Orazietti, in our local paper, saying how great he and his party are!
Being a former Liberal supporter,yes I am now sorry to say that, enough is an election!
Taye70 3/30/2014 9:04:17 PM Report

Amen Derd!! :)
Hunter101 3/30/2014 9:04:18 PM Report

I agree. Call an election. No one wanted her as Premier. She didn't earn her position and doesn't know what she's doing.
Mr. Poster 3/30/2014 9:36:22 PM Report

It is time for Horwath to stop propping up the Liberals.
Twistinwrenches 3/30/2014 10:00:24 PM Report

Over a billion stole from hard working taxpayers to get a few Libs elected and no one gets fired at the least. We should fire every Fiberal in this once great province.
ThinkAgain 3/30/2014 10:12:34 PM Report

You can tell the Juno Awards is a Canadian thing. (No awards) just a kiss and hug and 15 second speech.

Every member of our government should watch and learn.

Entertaining and stayed within budget.
I'm In 3/30/2014 10:32:04 PM Report

Right on Derd78, and Mr. Poster I agree with the both of you, if you don't like the ruling party get out and vote, and I was at a convention to here Andrea Horwath and she doesn't need to prop up the Liberals, cause her platform will get her in, she is a very intelligent person.
Dead End Kid 3/30/2014 11:23:55 PM Report

Premier Kathleen Wynne and I'm the king of England.
Mr. Poster 3/30/2014 11:27:33 PM Report

It is too bad the local NDP's do not have a viable contender for election in this city. They could have won with a strong candidate.
Montec 125 3/31/2014 7:47:55 AM Report

Read this info. May help with your decision at election time
mosquitos 3/31/2014 7:48:01 AM Report

Some one has to take responsibility for this billion dollar scandal. The Libs were desperate in the last election, and if they had received a majority, we would never have heard of this scandal. Horwath can't force an election as the NDP and Libs platforms are near identical and the results would be the same. Southern Ontario doesn't seem to care either. Vote for Hudak if you get a chance, at least we may get an economy and some jobs, instead of more public sector jobs.
KFM 3/31/2014 7:49:53 AM Report

I am not defending the liberals but this is consevative polatics, dig up and spout as much crap as you can no matter how true it is or if they just leave the whole story out, like the federal conservatives attack ad on Trudeau. Take a snippet of a full comment that does not in anyway represent what was said or done. Polatics in this country and province has sunk to American style polatics, we are above that, all but the want to be American Conservatives.
Thim 3/31/2014 7:53:57 AM Report

She and the "Hon" Minister of Natural Resources must submit to a Judicial Enquiry and explain why they've not only ignored evidence of potential wrong doing by MNR employees but changed an Act as a coverup and now attempting to lure a witness into private meetings with the same people at the heart of the allegations.

It's going to happen.
tom Brason
Frio 3/31/2014 8:11:29 AM Report

Why not just make polygraph tests mandatory as a check on who is telling the truth in politics? No need for months of denials and coverups when a half hour and a couple of meaningful questions would indicate if the truth is being told.
thumbs4208 3/31/2014 8:11:39 AM Report

yes an election. These people need to be accountable.
ROLAND_ROLLY 3/31/2014 8:17:46 AM Report

Let's give her a glass of water from the east end of the city. Smells bad and leaves a foul taste in your mouth similar to the Liberal party.

Stay in Toronto and take Orazetti back with you !
Mr. Poster 3/31/2014 8:30:51 AM Report

She makes Rob Ford appear honest.
R0FL0L 3/31/2014 8:31:10 AM Report

Hope she and all of you, on the Peanut Gallery (leave the computer behind) are joining us here today:

Media Advisory - Sault Nurses to Join Rally in Support of National Public Health Care

SAULT STE. MARIE, ON, March 30, 2014 /CNW/ - Nurses from Sault Ste. Marie and nearby communities, along with their families and friends, will be joining a Sault Ste. Marie Health Coalition rally at the office of Sault Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) David Orazietti on Monday.

The rally is being held in support of Canada's single-payer national public health system and to speak out against the proliferation of private clinics.

A second rally is expected to be held concurrently by seniors and members of other unions at the office of Member of Parliament (MP) Bryan Hayes.

Sault Ste. Marie Health Coalition Rally in support of public health care and to speak out against private clinics
Nurses, Health Coalition members, and supporters from Sault Ste. Marie and nearby communities
Monday, March 31, 2014
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Office of Hon. David Orazietti, MPP
432 Great Northern Road
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
ONA is the union representing 60,000 registered nurses and allied health professionals, as well as more than 14,000 nursing student affiliates providing care in hospitals, long-term care facilities, public health, the community, clinics and industry.
right wing 3/31/2014 9:00:53 AM Report


Good link.
More folks should educate themselves about the truths of "green" energy.
It is far from what has been sold to the general public.
Ontario is screwed energy wise for decades thanks to the Ontario Liberals and their failed "green energy".
AlwaysAWinner 3/31/2014 9:25:56 AM Report

yeah screw them for trying to help the planet right?

learningaswego 3/31/2014 9:33:45 AM Report

If there were any justice in this world, Ontario taxpayers should be able to launch a class action suit against the Liberal PARTY of Ontario, over the gas plant fiasco.

Not the "government" - because then taxpayers would just be suing themselves.

But rather, the Liberal PARTY of Ontario.

Now, back to the article. Seems odd, that there is nothing in the article that says WHY Wynne is coming to the Sault.
Mr. Poster 3/31/2014 9:49:06 AM Report

It is really a travesty that the Liberal party...including our David O...has seen fit to make this province one of the HAVE NOTS. It is further complicated by the fact that whatever party we replace them with will NOT have the means to correct the debt. There will be more of the same...lots of "well the books were worse than we thought when we took over"...lots of blame but really no solutions.
Justin Tetreault 3/31/2014 10:14:02 AM Report

Is this headline necessary?
Lynds 3/31/2014 10:16:13 AM Report

Justin - yes it is, because Sootoday loves to start drama.
Grump 3/31/2014 10:26:38 AM Report

Mr Poster and others grow up and turn you brain on. The Federal Gov't has cut equalization payments to Ontario and you want to support another loose cannon like Hudak and get more money whizzed away on everything but the people here. Mike Harris was a disaster but was really smart next to Hudak. McGuinty screwed up and at least stepped down. Harper has buried all of us in debt and is still pouring taxpayer's money down rat holes trying to make himself look palatable.
Mr. Poster 3/31/2014 10:35:20 AM Report

So WHAT is your solution to this mess grump ??
steelworker 3/31/2014 11:56:23 AM Report

There's Grump, always defending the Libs. McSquinty didn't do the honourable thing and step down; he ran like the con man he was.
Sammy1099 3/31/2014 12:05:54 PM Report

I’m not defending Harper,I can’t stand any of the parties feds or provincial. One of the reasons the FED’s debt increased is because they were forced by both opposition parties to dole out piles of cash for economic stimulus.

It wouldn’t matter if the feds gave the Ontario liberals more money they would just waste it like they’ve already proven. You think that the gas plants are the only liberal money pits? You use your brain.

As far as wind power it’s essentially useless and requires great swaths of land to generate any reasonable power. The power generation from them also peaks when we don’t need it. So when all is said and done it likely has a negative environmental impact even when compared to coal. I’m all for clean energy but windpower isn’t it. Not much benefit in producing clean energy if it wipes out your industrial and manufacturing sector. Then whose left to afford to buy it? We all can’t work for the government.
Hunter101 3/31/2014 12:16:39 PM Report

Grump, what do you know?

Nothing. That's right. Vote Liberal. Everyone thinks you're dumb already.
Moonshiner 3/31/2014 12:18:39 PM Report

Ok all you greenheads,The Ontario Energy Board just approved Enbridge to hike Natural gas 40%....lolol!!.These lying basterds tell us inflation is 1.5% .If the sheeple in this province keep there heads in the sand any longer there will be no jobs for anyone here.Most people heat with gas....I use wood .....
steelworker 3/31/2014 12:41:02 PM Report

Moonshiner: they raised the price of natural gas because of globull warming dontcha know.
AlwaysAWinner 3/31/2014 12:52:22 PM Report

"As far as wind power it’s essentially useless and requires great swaths of land to generate any reasonable power. The power generation from them also peaks when we don’t need it. So when all is said and done it likely has a negative environmental impact even when compared to coal."

jesus you are filled with BULL. none of this is true. it only peaks when we don't NEED it? are you managing the power infrastructure for the province now?

it doesn't have a negative environmental impact. are you seriously stupid enough to think spinning metal blades are the same as polluting the atmosphere with coal and emissions from oil?

DO YOU PEOPLE EVEN GO TO SCHOOL? how do you continue your lives living in such ignorance and stupidity?

wind power is useless? so useless texas was running a third of its power on wind? seriously do some research and stop listening to the garbage that you read

stop confusing BS with facts. get sources. do research

saying wind energy will cause the same harm as coal is like saying water will cause the same damage as acid

you're beyond stupid and anyone who agrees with you is in the same boat
AlwaysAWinner 3/31/2014 12:54:35 PM Report

when the planet continues to be destroyed and humans will soon face extinction, ill be sure to thank the stupid rednecks like the people here. there ignorance and stupidity is preventing helpful clean energy projects from happening

stupid shouldn't have this much power. thank god it doesn't. we will get these wind farms and there's nothing you dummies can do about it. why? because you're dead wrong if you think they're bad for the environment and "don't work".

stop listening to anti-wind propaganda that cites BS claims with no sources to back it up
Moonshiner 3/31/2014 1:08:05 PM Report

Always a winner.......if greenheads could fly...You would be the flight controller...LMAO!!!
Sammy1099 3/31/2014 1:08:09 PM Report

You forgot the Netherlands they use wind power almost exclusively. They do this because they have to.

Its common knowledge that we are selling surplus power at a significant loss to both Quebec and the states.

When you consider footprint per MW windpower is highly inefficient this is news to you? You also realise that these turbines including the massive wads of cooper that they use have to be mined and refined and shipped all over to actually be built into an end product. Then that product needs to be shipped to it’s final destination. Where do they end up when there useful life is up? Recycled no doubt that also uses energy. The impact these turbines have on both animal migration routes and behaviour is far from understood as well. Just because the end product does not generate greenhouse gases does not automatically qualify it as green unless of course you are a brainwashed halfwit.

I love how people are so quick to call something “green” when they don’t look at the whole picture.
AlwaysAWinner 3/31/2014 1:22:16 PM Report

"Its common knowledge that we are selling surplus power at a significant loss to both Quebec and the states. "

yes because it's cheaper than us keeping it and getting rid of it, plus surplus events aren't common. stop saying that like it's a negative thing. it's a GOOD thing. instead of us spending MORE for NO ONE to get it, we pay LESS and other people get to use it

it's those kind of ignorant, aggressive statements that cause more harm then good. stop lying

nothing wrong with hydro and solar. nuclear can be questionable.

the future is solar and wind, anyone who believes that is just wrong. why avoid the inevitable? it's good to have infrastructure now so it's more profitable now than in 20 years

oh wait the redneck NIMBY crowd doesn't like them. they're fighting the inevitable.
mosquitos 3/31/2014 1:47:42 PM Report

Always a winner, put a cork in it. An earthquake, asteroid, solar flare, gama ray from space will zap this planet at some point. Don't be so self-righteous that you are going to fix the planet.
ThinkAgain 3/31/2014 2:03:48 PM Report

Nobody really understands her last minute decision to visit the Sault. It wasn't until Saturday she mentioned it, low attendance for the few to attend.

Honestly, she is dodging Mondays Question Period.

Waste of money on the plane tickets, she could be using Skype from her office.

steelworker 3/31/2014 3:13:18 PM Report

Funny how she threatened Hudak and then skipped Question Period to hang out with David O.
Gurpy 4/1/2014 9:14:18 AM Report

Yup! Lots of transparency here! Hey voters, don`t forget to vote LIBERAL next time around! You obviously haven`t had enough!!
swamp angel 4/1/2014 1:38:55 PM Report

Well folks, I'm thinking an election in Ontario just may be around the corner. And you can see just how hypocritical a government can be (all of them are.. right, left, and 'middle').

Today, we have Premier Wynne going on about the environment and introducing outrageously expensive and unsustainable "wind power" all over the Province.

On the other side of this environment concern, her government is now providing corporate welfare to Club Coffee in Toronto, who provide single serving coffee products. Five million dollars of your money will be given to this environmentally unfriendly business (single serve coffee is becoming a major source of trash).

It is not so much the fact that this business is not environmentally friendly, but is more about the hypocrisy as well as the theft in the form of taxes to give to a corporation - in an industry that is already growing fine, on it's own!

Even according to the government's own press release:

"Canadian single-serve hot beverage product sales, including coffee and tea, grew almost 70 per cent between 2012 and 2013, with sales close to $730 million.
The province exports more than $390 million worth of tea and coffee each year.
Ontario is home to Canada’s largest food and beverage processing sector, supporting 95,000 jobs and contributing more than $11 billion to the province’s GDP."
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