NDP flag more cases of suspected record deletion by provincial government

Opposition says FOI requests failed to turn up documents that were provided in previous disclosures

Opposition New Democrats claim they’ve found more examples of government staffers destroying records to stymie information requests.

Privacy Commissioner Elizabeth Denham is already investigating the allegations  of a transportation ministry staff member who said a supervisor deleted emails from his computer so they wouldn’t be considered for public release through a Freedom of Information request for records related to the Highway of Tears.

NDP critic Doug Routley said he has asked Denham to look into three more cases where FOI requests yielded no documents even though the NDP knew they exist because they turned up in overlapping information requests.

“It’s clear that these public records are being routinely and deliberately destroyed, and the people of British Columbia deserve to know why,” Routley said.