SUDBURY, Ont. – A former New Democrat MP who is now energy minister in Ontario’s Liberal government is testifying today in the bribery trial of two provincial Liberals in Sudbury, Ont.
The allegations at the centre of the trial revolve around the 2015 byelection that saw Glenn Thibeault leave the federal NDP and successfully run for the Ontario Liberals.
Pat Sorbara, who was Premier Kathleen Wynne’s deputy chief of staff and Liberal campaign director, and local Liberal fundraiser Gerry Lougheed are charged with bribery under the Election Act.
Both — who have pleaded not guilty — are accused of offering a would-be byelection candidate a job or appointment to get him to step aside for Thibeault, who was Wynne’s preferred candidate.
Sorbara faces a second charge, alleging that she bribed Thibeault to become the candidate by arranging for paid jobs on the byelection campaign for two of his constituency staff.
Thibeault, who is not charged with any offences, has previously denied he sought anything that would be seen as a bribe in exchange for running and will likely be asked in court today about conversations he had with Wynne and Sorbara before he became the candidate. (CJMX)