New de­lay pos­si­ble in gas plants trial

The Beacon Herald - - NEWS - COLIN PERKEL

TORONTO — The long-awaited gas plants trial of two top aides to On­tario’ s for­mer premier in Toronto could be de­layed yet again.

As hap­pened ear­lier in the week, the de­fence com­plained Thurs­day again about a lack of in­for­ma­tion pro­vided by the pros­e­cu­tion.

Lawyers for David Liv­ingston and Laura Miller said they might need an­other week-long ad­journ­ment — un­til Sept. 25.

In­stead, the judge made it clear he wants the trial started, and sent the par­ties to a room to work out their dif­fer­ences.

They later emerged to say they had made some progress and would re­port back on Fri­day.

The aides to then-premier Dal­ton McGuinty face three charges over deleted e-mails about the Lib­eral gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion to can­cel two gas plants just be­fore the 2011 elec­tion.

The trial was to have started hear­ing wit­nesses last Mon­day but was de­layed a week over the dis­clo­sure is­sue, with the par­ties to re­port back to the court on Thurs­day. Liv­ingston’s lawyer, Brian Gover, kicked off the day’s pro­ceed­ings by in­di­cat­ing the de­fence would be need­ing an­other ad­journ­ment.

“Let me be­gin with the up­shot: The dis­clo­sure is still in­com­plete,” Gover told On­tario court judge Ti­mothy Lip­son. “We should ad­journ for an ad­di­tional week so that the Crown can com­ply.”

Gover rhymed off a list of com­plaints, sug­gest­ing the pros­e­cu­tion had failed to fol­low the court’s direc­tions from ear­lier this week.

The ma­te­rial at is­sue, the lawyer said, re­lates to up­dated po­lice and pros­e­cu­tion notes of wit­ness in­ter­views.

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