Contempt motion coming even if gas plant docs released

09/23/2012 07:27 EDT | Updated 11/23/2012 05:12 EST
Ontario's Progressive Conservatives say they will introduce a contempt motion against Energy Minister Chris Bentley, even if the governing Liberals release all requested documents about a pair of cancelled gas plants on Monday.

The party issued a press release on Sunday, indicating that they feel it is necessary to push forward with a motion to enable a legislative committee "to conduct a proper investigation of the contempt charges and gas plant cancellations."

The Tories and the New Democrats have been quarreling with the Liberals over access to government documents on gas plants that were cancelled in Mississauga and Oakville, Ont.

Speaker Dave Levac recently ruled that the energy minister violated a member's privilege by refusing to release all documents on the energy projects the Liberals cancelled.

But Levac urged the party leaders to resolve the issue themselves by a Sept. 24 deadline.

On Friday, the Liberals said they would release the documents as they had no other choice, but the Tories said that won't stop them from moving ahead with a contempt motion.

In Sunday's press release, Opposition House Leader Jim Wilson said the Tories do not relish the path they are taking.

"This is a sad day for Ontarians when such extraordinary steps must be taken to keep the current government honest about their decisions — and their abuse of tax dollars," Wilson stated in the release.