Sep 13, 2017

By Bob Komsic

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Kathleen Wynne took the stand at the bribery trial in Sudbury of two former Liberal staffers and denied she promised Glenn Thibeault a cabinet position to get him to leave the federal NDP and run for the Ontario Liberals.
Pat Sorbara, the premier’s former deputy chief of staff, and local Liberal organizer Gerry Lougheed are charged under the Election Act but have pleaded not guilty.
They’re accused of offering would-be candidate Andrew Olivier a job or appointment to get him to step aside for Wynne’s preferred candidate – Thibeault, now the energy minister.
Wynne told the trial she was intrigued when she’d heard Thibeault was interested in running for the Ontario Liberals and felt Lougheed was the best one to reach out to see just how serious the possibility was.
Wynne does not face charges and her lawyers have sent Tory Leader Patrick Brown a letter demanding he retract comments suggesting that by 5pm Thursday or face a possible lawsuit.
This would not be Wynne’s first attempt at legal action with the Tories.
In 2014, she pursued a $2-million libel suit against then-PC Leader Tim Hudak after he said she ”oversaw and possibly ordered” the alleged destruction of government documents related to the so-called gas plants scandal.
That suit was eventually dropped.
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