Local MPP calls for accountability

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Chatham-Kent Essex MPP Rick Nicholls is demanding a judicial inquiry into the gas plant scandal to ensure accountability.

The MPP told The Chatham Daily News today that while the PCs will continue to peruse all available options including a committee investigation into the scandal, he claims an inquiry is the only way to uncover all documents and reveal the true costs of the cancellation of the two gas plants in the Toronto area.

"The McGuinty-Wynne Liberals have gone to great lengths to avoid accountability,'' said Nicholls. "They shut down the legislature for four months to avoid a contempt motion, withheld information from the public about the gas plant documents and have shown time and time again that their concern is keeping power instead of doing right by taxpayers.''

Nicholls said the government admitted last week it had found a third batch of documents on the gas plants after insisting that all relevant data was made public months ago.

The MPP said he believes there are more documents being hidden as there are still no files from the premier's office or the minister of energy.

"A judicial inquiry will ensure that those responsible will be held to account,'' he said.

Nicholls said allowing the inquiry to be conducted by a judge will ensure that an independent investigation can take place free from political interference.

"A judicial inquiry will identify what went wrong, who is accountable, if taxpayer dollars can be recouped and ensure no government can do this again,'' he said.

Nicholls said if criminal wrongdoing is found it will ensure those responsible are prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

bob.boughner@sunmedia.ca

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