Plenty of fallout at Queen’s Park in relation to Pat Sorbara’s bribery charges from the 2015 Sudbury byelection, on Wednesday.
Unable to ask questions about the charges during question period in the legislature, due to protocol, Conservative MPs stormed out in disappointment.
Ontario PC leader Patrick Brown said there was no point continuing with question period, if they can’t ask questions about an important issue like bribery.
Meanwhile, Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault’s lawyer, Ian Smith of the Toronto-based Fenton, Smith Barristers, denies that the premier’s deputy chief of staff offered him an incentive to run for the Liberals in the byelection.
Thibeault himself said he was confused on where all this came from, he’s adamant that the decision to join the Liberals and run in Sudbury was his and his alone.
“I had many conversations with Pat during that time,” said Thibeault, “those conversations were are you still considering doing this?…we talked a lot about policy, we talked about the byelection, if that was going to happen, and when that was going to happen…”
The scandal involves the 2015 byelection in Sudbury in which it is alleged would-be Liberal candidate Andrew Olivier was offered a government appointment to step aside for Wynne’s preferred candidate and current Minister of Energy Glenn Thibeault.
Patricia Sorbara, head of Wynne’s re-election campaign, has been charged by the Ontario Provincial Police with two counts of bribery under the Act, while Gerry Lougheed, a Liberal operative in Sudbury, faces one count of bribery.
The two will make court appearances in Sudbury on the same day, November 21st.
— Patrick Brown (@brownbarrie) November 2, 2016