Why the Tories’ inquiry is the Liberals’ worst nightmare

The committee established by the Progressive Conservatives at Queen’s Park to investigate their Liberal predecessors has met a grand total of two times, and already there have been some interesting revelations. On Monday, the Select Committee on Financial Transparency heard from Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk, who reiterated all of her office’s prior objections to policies of the Kathleen Wynne government before noting something new: her office had also discovered that the government granted special legal protection to staff working for provincial agencies for their work putting the Fair Hydro Plan together in late 2016 and early 2017.

That’s highly unusual — agency staff don’t usually need to be protected from potential lawsuits for doing their job. High-ranking civil servants testifying at the committee on Tuesday (including the head of the civil service, Steve Orsini) conceded that none of them had ever seen anything like it before.