Seems the heat is still on Kathleen Wynne and the Ontario Liberals as opposition parties now say Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault should resign.
Fallout continues from the Sudbury byelection, which saw Thibeault elected in February of 2015 amid potential violations of the Elections Act.
Many in the opposition believe now that the energy minister’s name is on paper in the Elections Act charges, he should step down.
“Being named in a charge is unbecoming of a minister of the crown,” said Deputy PC Leader Steve Clark during a Queen’s Park session. “The minister must step aside.”
Both MPs from the Conservatives and the NDP are calling for the resignation, frustrated at the government’s refrain that the case is before the courts.
Attorney General Yasir Naqvi confirmed there are no charges pending or any potential investigation.
So is the energy minister considering resignation?
“As it stands right now, absolutely not,” said Thibeault. “What I’m seeing in my opinion is a character assassination in question period.”
Premier Kathleen Wynne’s deputy chief of staff and a Liberal fundraiser are facing bribery charges laid under the Elections Act related to the Sudbury byelection scandal in 2015.
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 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.