Liberals seek help storing government records

By Antonella Artuso, Queen's Park Bureau Chief

Queen's Park in Toronto. (Toronto Sun files)

Queen's Park in Toronto. (Toronto Sun files)


Ontario Liberals, stung by criticism that their political staff are abusing the computer delete button, are looking for a place to store 1.4 million boxes of government records.

The Ministry of Government Services is seeking a 20-year contract to provide advice and storage services to help the Liberal government follow its own law, the Archives and Recordkeeping Act.

Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian blasted the government for “indiscriminate” deletion of e-mails by senior political staffers, a practice brought to light as a government committee struggled to get to the bottom of the $585-million cancelled gas plants scandal.

Cavoukian ruled the e-mail deletion violated laws and rules around keeping important government documents.

The request for proposals said the contract would be awarded through an open competitive process, and there was no estimated value listed.

The contract would begin next April.

“The successful proponent will be principally responsible for providing storage and retrieval, refile, interfile and related transactions for ministry requests,” the request says.

The Ontario government has been taking steps to respond to Cavoukian’s criticism, including new recordkeeping training for staff.

Opposition parties have said that the decision to destroy internal Liberal gas plant-related documents was an attempt to cover up expensive and politically-driven mistakes.


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