McGuinty must ask for Caplan's resignation

    TORONTO, March 27 /CNW/ - McGuinty Minister David Caplan knew about the
scandal at the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Commission but refused to act.
Dalton McGuinty must demand his resignation says NDP Leader Howard Hampton.
    Today's Globe and Mail reports senior officials in Caplans's office were
informed of the case of Bob Edmonds six months before the scandal at its
lottery corporation became public last October in a report on CBC-TV's "fifth
    Yesterday, Caplan claimed Edmonds case first came to his attention about
10 days before the "fifth estate" broadcast in October. Yesterday, he told the
House the government took "swift and decisive action" once the report aired.
    However, reports today reveal that on April 11, 2006, the OLGC sent an
e-mail sent to two senior officials in Mr. Caplan's ministry and Wilson Lee,
communications director at the time, asking for input on what information
should be released and sent a second email, a month later, detailing what they
would send.
    Mike McRae, a policy adviser in the ministry, responded in an e-mail sent
May 11, 2006. "No issues... Do you have a status update on these that I can
provide to those interested?"
    NDP Leader Howard Hampton says, "David Caplan's story of yesterday does
not match with the facts of today. He had a responsibility to protect the
Ontario public and he failed. He has to go."

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