#CyberFLASH: Former B.C. staffer alleges emails deleted relating to Highway of Tears

Apple Hosts Event At Company's Town HallVICTORIA – Tim Duncan said he was barely three weeks into his new job at the Transportation Ministry in Victoria when he was ordered to delete emails concerning government meetings about the Highway of Tears investigation into murdered and missing women.

When he hesitated, Duncan said a ministerial assistant in Transportation Minister Todd Stone’s office stepped in and deleted about a dozen emails from his government computer.

Duncan’s allegations have set off an investigation by B.C.’s Information and Privacy Commissioner and prompted the government to announce Thursday that the ministerial assistant who deleted the emails has been suspended with pay.

“It is my belief that the abuse of the freedom of information process is widespread and most likely systemic within the (Premier Christy) Clark government,” said the May 18 letter of complaint sent by Duncan to privacy commissioner Elizabeth Denham.

Denham said in a statement she has contacted Duncan and her office will launch an investigation.

The New Democrats raised the email deletion issue Thursday in the legislature, accusing the government of abusing the freedom of information process. The Opposition also released an email Duncan sent to MLA Maurine Karagianis where he described his political experience.

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