B.C. Liberal staffer quits, faces charges in Ontario

Charges against Laura Miller and another former Dalton McGuinty staffer relate to erased computer records, cancelled power plants

Laura Miller

B.C. Liberal Party executive director Laura Miller has resigned and returned to Ontario to face criminal charges stemming from deletion of government email records belonging to the Ontario government.

Miller was deputy chief of staff to former Ontario Liberal premier Dalton McGuinty in 2013. She and former chief of staff David Livingstone have been charged with one count each of breach of trust, mischief in relation to data and “misuse of a computer system to commit the offence of mischief,” the Ontario Provincial Police said in a statement Thursday.

The charges relate to email records that were sought by opposition parties after the Ontario government abruptly cancelled two planned gas-fired power plants that were facing strong local opposition. Miller and Livingstone were accused of bringing in Miller’s partner, computer technician Peter Faist, to erase hard drives in McGuinty’s office that contained the records.

Miller left the Ontario government when McGuinty retired and came to B.C. to work for the B.C. Liberal Party.

Miller posted a statement on her Twitter account Thursday, saying she has retained lawyer Clayton Ruby to defend her. She said the charges come after she filed a complaint against two OPP officers over their investigation into the handling of the gas plant documents investigation.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Saanich’s Shelbourne corridor work set to start despite pandemic

Municipal work is deemed an essential service, keeping the long-term project on track

Report looks at COVID-19’s impact on violence in the family

Police across Canada reported almost 100,000 cases of intimate partner violence in 2018

Greater Victoria woman creates ‘call list’ for seniors to tackle loneliness

Call list allows seniors to have some friendly conversation during isolating times

COVID-19: Saanich company joins nation-wide effort to produce 30,000 ventilators

StarFish Medical using a ‘purpose-driven design for rapid manufacturing,’ CEO says

VicPD sees 29 per cent jump in thefts from cars in early April

Officers are reminding people to lock their vehicles, remove valuables

Mental Health: Planning for a crisis

Crisis planning lays out a blueprint in case hard times hit

UPDATE: Canadians awake to extra COVID-19 emergency benefit money, feds clarify changes

The CRA and federal officials are working to clarify the confusion around payments

VIDEO: B.C. singer creates frontline workers tribute song

Cambree Lovesy’s song saluting those battling COVID-19 draws interest online

132,000 B.C. jobs lost just the start of COVID-19 impact, finance minister says

B.C.’s latest employment figures for March show 7.2% increase

B.C. asking companies to contribute through online COVID-19 supply hub

New platform to co-ordinate, source, expedite supplies and equipment to support front-line workers

Controls can keep Canadian COVID-19 deaths under 22,000, health agency says

With poor containment measures, the death toll could be much, much higher, the agency says

People needing addictions services feel ‘abandoned’ during pandemic, B.C.’s ex-top doctor says

Widespread job losses and more homelessness due to physical distancing at shelters have added hurdles

Canada lost 1,011,000 jobs in March, unemployment rate up to 7.8%: StatCan

Unemployment rate hits levels not seen since 2010

Most Read