The Privy Council Office finds Benjamin Perrin’s emails

Legal counsel’s records were thought to have been deleted

In its filing on the Duffy-Wright affair of a week and a half ago, the RCMP reported that the emails of Benjamin Perrin, legal counsel to the Prime Minister’s Office, had been deleted upon his departure from the PMO.

But in a note to the press gallery this evening, the PMO passes along this letter from the PCO to the RCMP, which explains that the email records of Mr. Perrin still exist. In the letter, the assistant secretary to the cabinet explains that the emails were discovered to still exist on November 29—the records had apparently been retained as part of a separate matter—and that the PMO’s current counsel will be contacting the RCMP to make the emails available “without further delay.”