CRIMINAL CHARGES STAYED IN SUDBURY BYELECTION SCANDAL

Apr 27, 2016

By Bob Komsic

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Charges against long-time Liberal fundraiser Gerry Lougheed have been stayed but not dropped yet.
The Crown has one year to restart legal proceedings, which rarely happens.
Gerry Lougheed
Lougheed had been charged with one count of counselling an offence not committed and one of unlawfully influencing or negotiating appointments in connection with the 2015 Sudbury byelection.
It’s alleged Lougheed had offered would-be Liberal candidate Andrew Olivier an appointment or job to move aside for the premier’s preferred candidate, Glenn Thibeault, who won.
The OPP’s still investigating Lougheed and the premier’s deputy chief of staff’s conduct under the Election Act.
Elections Ontario found an ”apparent contravention” of a section of the Act concerning bribery.
Speaking at an unrelated event in Brantford, Premier Kathleen Wynne is pleased and says she thinks it’s a good outcome.
 
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