Karen Howlett, Adrian Morrow, The Globe and Mail
Dalton McGuinty’s former chief of staff is accused of giving the “life partner” of one of his deputies “unrestricted” access to computers in the premier’s office, according to unsealed police documents.
The police affidavit to obtain a search warrant was unsealed by an Ottawa judge on Thursday at the request of The Globe and Mail and other media outlets. The Ontario Provincial Police used the warrant to seize the hard drives of 24 computers as part of their probe into the alleged deletion of e-mail records in the premier’s office.
David Livingston, Mr. McGuinty’s former chief of staff, sought and obtained the go-ahead for a non-government member to gain access to computers in the premier’s office and “wipe clean” the hard drives, the document alleges.
Mr. Livingston’s assistant was provided with a “special global administrative right,” allowing her to access all the computers in the premier’s office, as well as to delete or modify data stored on the computers, the document alleges. The highly unusual access was granted in February, 2013, just days before the transition to the Wynne government. Read article