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Ontario's Liberal Premier Dalton McGuinty holds a press conference in the Ontario Legislature on Monday October 15, 2012, after resigning.
Ontario's Liberal Premier Dalton McGuinty holds a press conference in the Ontario Legislature on Monday October 15, 2012, after resigning.
(Chris Young for The Globe and Mail)

Gas-plants scandal still holding Ontario hostage

Around Queen’s Park, the behind-the-scenes dysfunction of Dalton McGuinty’s final months as Ontario premier is almost legendary.

The court documents that captivated the provincial capital on Thursday, however, suggest it might have been even worse than anyone on the outside realized.

The allegations against Mr. McGuinty’s former chief of staff David Livingston, contained in a newly unsealed Ontario Provincial Police affidavit to obtain a search warrant, have not been proven in court. Nor has Mr. Livingston been charged with anything. In a letter to The Globe and Mail, his lawyer has stated that “Mr. Livingston did nothing wrong and certainly did not break the law as alleged,” and expressed confidence that “a full review will show that the allegations are baseless.”