Nanaimo North Cowichan MLA Doug Routley says the NDP wants the privacy commissioner to expand a probe into claims Liberal political staff have been deleting e-mails to keep them from being released under FOI.

Routley is the opposition critic for Citizens Services, which handles FOI.

He says after last week’s allegations from whistle-blower Tim Duncan that he was ordered to delete e-mails, three other cases have come to light.

“No one believes that days and days go by without a minister’s chief of staff sending or receiving a single email, but that’s exactly what the B.C. Liberal government claims,” says Routley. “It’s clear that these public records are being routinely and deliberately destroyed, and the people of British Columbia deserve to know why.”

An official in the Transportation Ministry has been suspended with pay while the privacy commissioner investigates Duncan’s claims.