April 21, 2017

UPDATE: Rebel gets results! Alberta Privacy Commissioner to launch deleted email investigation

Sheila Gunn ReidRebel Host | The Gunn Show

The Rebel has helped trigger a Privacy Commissioner investigation into deleted emails at an Alberta government agency.

An Assistant Deputy Minister of Energy named James Allen sent an email to a senior bureaucrat at the Balancing Pool asking them to delete emails. We found the email making that demand in one of those freedom of information documents we routinely pay thousands of dollars in fees to get access to.

“Sensitive and transitory. Please delete”

Unbelievable. This ADM under Notley is asking senior bureaucrats at a public agency to delete documents that are a matter of the public record, because they want to keep the failings of the NDP tinkering in Alberta’s electricity system off the public record.

When we found this damning email, Rebel filed a complaint with Alberta’s Privacy Commissioner. Last week, we heard back from them, and guess what? The Rebel gets results!

This is the response we got from the Privacy Commissioner's office:

On March 2, 2017 I received your complaint against Balancing Pool regarding your concerns with the instruction to destroy records as discussed in an email between staff at Balancing Pool and the Assistant Deputy Minister for Energy. It also appears from my review of your complaint that information may have been inappropriately withheld in response to access requests made under the FOIP Act to Balancing Pool.

I have decided to initiate an investigation of this matter on my own motion under section 53{1)(a) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.”

It’s a big win for Albertans. But there is a long way to go before we even see those deleted files.

I’m old enough to remember that Rachel Notley used to be against the deletion and destruction of government documents.

Notley ordered an end to the Progressive Conservative document shredding at the legislature after the NDP accidentally won the election in May 2015.

I guess Notley is only against the physical destruction of public records when someone else does it.

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commented 2017-04-23 09:57:56 -0400
Will Alberta and Ont. be the next Venezuela???
commented 2017-04-23 02:24:22 -0400
Proud Deplorable, the answer is… “Maybe”… At this stage however she might be more attuned to examining her own political future by reading Amie Parne’s and Jonathon Allen’s new book “Shattered” about Hillary’s “out of touch with reality” campaign…
commented 2017-04-22 23:37:03 -0400
Did Nutley borrow Hillary’s Bleach Bit????????????
commented 2017-04-22 22:23:35 -0400
She is 1 step ahead of Windbag from Gontario because she has already destroyed the housing boom. How these destroyers of free enterprise can look them self in the mirror is beyond evil. People that have been hurt by these morons should be allowed to sue for will full damage.
commented 2017-04-22 20:37:22 -0400
Today I received an email from the Wildrose Party, in part, “This week, we released a letter we received from the Privacy Commissioner confirming she is investigating the NDP government over deleted emails surrounding the NDP’s multi-billion dollar screw up with our electricity system.
We wrote the Commissioner late last year with evidence showing the NDP ordered the destruction of “sensitive” emails around the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) scandal. This followed the government’s decision to impose massive tax increases on Alberta power companies, and to subsequently sue them after they tried returning their PPA contracts to the Balancing Pool.” Of course they asked for donations to keep up they’re great work. So who initiated this probe?
commented 2017-04-22 14:06:20 -0400
@ Allan Peterson commented 15 hours ago
The Privacy Commissioner should beware lest a Clinton style “suicide” takes place.

Very interesting link!! – it is the evilness of these Clintoons that empowers these Antifa lunatics – and the authorities who allow them to be armed – and the very same authorities who want us “sane” people to be disarmed?! – stay locked & loaded!!!
commented 2017-04-22 04:01:06 -0400
Is that the same James Allum who is a NDP MLA in Manitoba?
commented 2017-04-22 01:19:12 -0400
I do love the picture of Notley you chose for this story!…. Reminds me of the Mandrake The Magician comics of the 50s… So here it’s a case of “Notley gestures hypnotically,and whoosh, those damn e-mails are gone..” But maybe not!?… Damn and double damn!…
commented 2017-04-22 00:22:09 -0400
Well done Sheila. These crooks must be held to account.
commented 2017-04-21 20:26:14 -0400
How long will it take for the communists at the CBC come out with a story on this????
commented 2017-04-21 20:24:50 -0400
More filthy commie hypocrisy , they are so full of their own self importance that they think they are above the laws they want to push upon us peasants in layer after layer. And of course the progressive trolls will call the ridiculous price for an already tax funded service being so high as some form of transparency.
commented 2017-04-21 20:00:10 -0400
Excellent Ms. G-R!
commented 2017-04-21 19:26:04 -0400
SHIELA, another great report!
Isn’t it amazing how Wynn and Notley run the same scams; and try to cover up their involvement by deleting records!
The investigation is underway, and I hope the Commissioner is diligent.
commented 2017-04-21 19:01:40 -0400
Well done, Sheila! Glad you are on the job!

Any way that you can hold the NDP’s feet to the fire is a good thing.

I bet the main stream media, with exception to Lorne Gunther of course, will be as quiet as church mice on this investigation.
commented 2017-04-21 18:48:51 -0400
The cost of future requests for information will triple now. I guess they have the union working on them!
commented 2017-04-21 18:46:38 -0400
SHEILA , good news , thanks for staying on this

Cannot you complain to the privacy commiserners office about the cost of foip, is that not public property, surely shop supplies can’t be that expensive