Criminal charges have been laid against a prominent Liberal, following accusation of bribery during last February’s Sudbury byelection.
Fundraiser Gerald Lougheed now faces a charge of counselling an offence not committed and of unlawfully influencing or negotiating appointments.
The charges come after an OPP investigation into claims by a former Liberal candidate, Andrew Olivier who said he was offered a job or an appointment to step aside in the byelection for Premier Kathleen Wynne’s preferred candidate, former New Democrat Glenn Thibeault.
Phone recording made by Olivier of his conversations with Gerald Lougheed have been released, during which he claims the bribes were offered.
Recording were also made of Olivier’s conversations with Premier Wynne’s deputy chief of staff, Pat Sorbara.
The Premier was questioned by OPP investigators regarding the allegation in April, Sorbara has not been removed from office and will not be facing criminal charges in relation to the investigation
Lougheed meanwhile denies all allegations.
Thibeault subsequently won the byelection for the Liberals, taking back the Sudbury riding they had lost to the New Democrats in the 2014 general election.