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Premier Kathleen Wynne threatens to sue Hudak over e-mail comments

By Shawn Jeffords, Toronto Sun

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne emerges from her office and reads a prepared statement to the media over the gas plant allegations Thursday March 27, 2014. (Jack Boland/Toronto Sun)

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne emerges from her office and reads a prepared statement to the media over the gas plant allegations Thursday March 27, 2014. (Jack Boland/Toronto Sun)

Premier Kathleen Wynne has threatened to sue PC leader Tim Hudak over comments he made about the raging gas plant scandal.

In an open letter to Hudak, Wynne said Sunday she has sought legal advice about the Tory leader’s comments which alleged a link between her and a supposed plan to delete e-mails surrounding the cancellation.

“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,” Wynne said in her letter.

Wynne took issue with remarks Hudak made during a press conference Thursday, saying they have also been posted on Tory websites and sent out via e-mail.

“This is more Kathleen Wynne’s scandal than Dalton McGuinty’s now,” Hudak claimed Thursday. “She oversaw and possibly ordered the criminal destruction of documents to cover up the gas plant scandal. I mean, what more do you need than to change government?”

Wynne denied involvement, and chastised Hudak for jumping to that conclusion.

“These allegations and accusations are false and utterly unsupported, and you ought to know it,” Wynne insisted.

Tory MPP Lisa McLeod, who spoke to reporters on a hastily arranged conference call Sunday, called the threat a “media stunt.”

She refused to back away from the comments and would not say if the Tories would remove the statement from their website or stop repeating the claim.

“(Wynne) is trying to cast a chill against those who criticize her,” she said. “She is trying to muzzle the opposition.”

The OPP have launched a criminal investigation into allegations staffers in former premier Dalton McGuinty’s office may have deleted e-mails linked to the controversial cancelation of gas plants in Mississauga and Oakville which cost $1.1-billion.

On Thursday, material used to obtain search warrants appeared to show the “life partner” of a Liberal staffer was brought in to wipe clean dozens of hard drives.

The allegations have not been proven in court.

 


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