Scott Stinson, National Post
At this point the Ontario Liberals should probably be grateful that the file related to the decision to cancel a gas-fired power plant in Oakville wasn’t code-named Project Deceit or Project Crass Opportunism.
As it was, revelations on Wednesday that government staff in multiple ministries, and the Premier’s Office, referred to the Oakville situation as “Project Vapour” lend credence to the narrative that Liberals were engaged in high-level obfuscation related to the true cost of the power-plant cancellation, and the level of political involvement in them — and that the real motivation for Monday’s surprise prorogation of the provincial legislature was to prevent further examination of the affair.
That’s the theory that opposition politicians were keen to explore on Wednesday. The Hudak PCs held a briefing for reporters at Queen’s Park in which they went over several documents from the 20,000 pages released by the Energy Ministry on Friday that contained references to Project Vapour, including emails between Dalton McGuinty’s former chief of staff and officials at the Justice and Energy ministries.
Victor Fedeli, the PC energy critic, said in an interview that it’s his party’s position that the code name was intended to make the document trail harder to follow. Thus, when the Finance Committee demanded the release of “all documents related to the cancellation of the Oakville and Mississauga power plants,” the Vapour-related stuff didn’t turn up in the initial batch of 36,000 pages released late last month under order from Speaker Dave Levac. Read article