Aide to Christian Paradis steps down

Sebastien Togneri accused of meddling with information requests

Sebastien Togneri, an aide to Conservative cabinet minister Christian Paradis, has resigned over a probe into his meddling in at least four different access to information requests. Togneri’s resignation comes after a report by The Canadian Press that outlined a series of incidents while he worked as an adviser to then Public Works Minister Christian Paradis. Togneri continued to work for Paradis after the minister moved to Natural Resources early in 2010, and told a Commons committee that he had only interfered in the release of information a single time. But new documents obtained by The Canadian Press show Togneri tried to alter the release of at least three other packages of information, some of which dealt with sensitive subjects like the U.S. President Barack Obama’s 2009 visit to Canada.

Winnipeg Free Press

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