Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne to testify in byelection bribery case

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 13, 2017

The legal team representing Kathleen Wynne is demanding an apology from Progressive Conservative leader Patrick Brown over an allegedly "defamatory" statement about the premier's participation in the Sudbury byelection scandal trial.

On Tuesday, Brown lamented the fact that Liberal MPPs have avoided answering questions about the ongoing bribery trial in Sudubry, where local Liberal organizer Gerry Lougheed Jr. and Wynne's former deputy chief of staff Patricia Sorbara face Election Act charges.

It's alleged they offered candidate Andrew Oliver a job or appointment to get him to step aside for Wynne's preferred candidate.

Wynne is testifying that she thought the Liberals should have held onto the Sudbury riding in the 2014 election, given that they had held it for almost two decades at that point.

Thibeault has previously denied he sought anything that would be seen as a bribe in exchange for running and is not charged with any offences.

Olivier is quadriplegic and often records important conversations as a form of note taking, and has posted the audio of his conversations with Lougheed and Sorbara.

Lougheed had a "strong relationship" with Thibeault, Wynne testified, so she thought he would be "the right person on the ground to do that outreach".

Wynne called Olivier in between those two conversations, but he has testified that technical difficulties prevented him from recording that call.

The letter goes on to say that Wynne is not on trial or even under investigation, but is rather offering voluntary testimony and co-operating with the court process.

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