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McMeekin defends Wynne against OPP allegations

 By Kevin Werner, News Staff

Hamilton Liberal cabinet minister Ted McMeekin defended Premier Kathleen Wynne and her government a day after revelations that former premier Dalton McGuinty’s chief of staff gave the go-ahead to allow a boyfriend of the deputy chief of staff access to computers of employees in the premier’s office.

McMeekin, who was in Hamilton March 28 announcing $3.2 million in funding toMcMasterUniversity, says if there are any problems, the Liberal government will fix them as they have in the past.

“Fess up when you mess up, fix whatever the problem is and refocus on whatever the challenges are ahead,” said McMeekin. “That is what Kathleen Wynne is doing. I’m proud of her.”

McMeekin, the minister of community and social services, is scheduled to host Wynne atMcMaster University March 30 during his nomination meeting. Wynne will be taking part in the 5k Around the Bay Road Race porti on on March 30 prior to the event at the McMaster Student Centre.

The Liberals have been rocked by news that the Ontario Provincial Police are alleging former McGuinty’s deputy chief of staff David Livingston breached the trust by allowing the deputy chief of staff access for her boyfriend to the 24 computers in the premier’s office before Wynne took over. Wynne succeeded McGuinty in Feb.11, 2013.

The NDP’s Andrea Horwath is calling for a public inquiring over the gas plant scandal that cost taxpayers about $1.1 million prior to the 2011 election. The Liberals cancelled the gas plants in Oakville and Mississauga to protect Liberal seats. Horwath in a letter sent to Wynne, urged the premier to hold the inquiry, or there is a possibility that the NDP won’t support the Liberal’s budget expected some time in May, which would prompt an election.

McMeekin compared the allege computer problems to the Progressive Conservatives shredding documents prior to the Liberals taking power in 2003. He said the Tories were attempting to hide the fact their balanced budgets were a charade.

“We couldn’t determine whether there is a deficit or not because the government in power had shredded all the records,” said McMeekin. “Today when you shred records you erase emails. I don’t know. I’m not a techie, but you know we need to have a historical perspective. Time will tell.”

McMeekin couldn’t say if the latest allegations will spark a spring election by the NDP.

“I don’t know where the NDP stands on many many issues,” he said. “That’s for them to figure out and for the people to decide.”

He says residents need to determine which party is in the best position to help them in the future.

“I think every party in the up coming election has mountains to climb and questions to answer,” he said. “I guess the question the people of Ontario need to ask is who do you want to go mountain climbing with?”

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