A former staffer with the BC Transportation Minister’s office has made serious allegations about the destruction of records related to the Highway of Tears requested under the Freedom of Information Act.
In a letter to Privacy Commissioner Elizabeth Denham, former executive assistant Tim Duncan says he was told to delete emails related to a November, 2014 FOI request about meetings held by the ministry regarding missing women along Highway 16.
When he hesitated, Duncan says a Ministerial Assistant took his keyboard and deleted the emails, telling Duncan he no longer had to worry about it.
When Duncan questioned the appropriateness of deleting emails after an FOI request in January of this year, he says he was told by the Liberal Research Director that “It’s like in the West Wing. You do whatever it takes to win.”
BC NDP leader John Horgan calls the allegations shocking and says, if they are true, speak volumes about the government’s need for secrecy and its contempt for the public.