10/23/2015 15:15 EDT | Updated 10/23/2016 01:12 EDT

B.C.'s premier delivers order to save emails after blistering privacy report

VICTORIA — British Columbia Premier Christy Clark says she has issued a directive to her cabinet ministers and all political staff to save all their emails.

The directive comes in response to a stinging report released by the provincial information and privacy commissioner that identifies major failures in the access to information practices in Clark's office and two other ministries.

The premier says she expects her government members to do their utmost to follow the regulations of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

Elizabeth Denham's report uncovered negligent searches for records, failure to keep adequate email records, a failure to document searches and the wilful destruction of records in response to freedom of information requests. 

Denham said the practices threaten the integrity of the access to information process in British Columbia.

The issue came to light when government whistleblower Tim Duncan said his supervisor in the Transportation Ministry deleted emails from his computer about the Highways of Tears investigation.





The Canadian Press