Routley, NDP continue to press government on e-mail issue
More fallout from last week’s report by the privacy commissioner, that revealed political staff in Victoria were routinely deleting e-mails, which were supposed to be saved under access to information rules.
Nanaimo North Cowichan MLA Doug Routley is the NDP’s critic on FOI issues, and he’s demanding to know why the premier seems to be doing it too.
“On Friday, the Premier came out of hiding and said that she had never heard of triple deleting. She said that she was shocked — shocked — to find out that her own chief of staff was breaking the law,” Routley said in Monday’s Question Period. “The Premier was going to stop this. Of course, we requested e-mails and tracking logs for the Premier for two weeks last December as well. Imagine our surprise when we discovered that the Premier’s own e-mails had been deleted.”
The premier wasn’t in the Legislature to tackle Routley’s questions. Citizens Services Minister Amrik Virk denied the premier’s e-mails are key government documents, that need to be saved.