01/07/2016 02:58 EST | Updated 01/07/2016 03:59 EST

Alberta's Government Shredded Records With No Oversight, Control Or Penalties: Report

344 boxes of high-level records were destroyed.

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EDMONTON, AB - JUNE 04: A general view of the Alberta Legislature Building on June 4, 2015 in Edmonton, Canada. (Photo by Maddie Meyer - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

EDMONTON — A watchdog report has found there is no oversight or control over what documents get shredded at the Alberta government.

The report also found there are no penalties for anyone who improperly destroys such records.

The findings are contained in a joint report released Thursday by Public Interest Commissioner Peter Hourihan and Privacy Commissioner Jill Clayton.

The two began the investigation last spring after receiving reports of improper shredding at the Environment Department around the time the Progressive Conservatives lost the election to the NDP.

The report found that lax oversight allowed for the improper destruction of 344 boxes of high-level records, about half the total number of documents destroyed across the government during that transition period.

The report says it also found confusion among officials over freedom of information rules, raising concerns that many requests for information may have been mishandled.

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