Ontario’s energy minister says he will not step down despite accusations he may have accepted a bribe in a byelection.
Glenn Thibeault faced reporters on Tuesday at Queens Park, and put on a brave face despite being visibly shaken by the ordeal that he says has “slandered” his name in the media.
He was responding to questions surrounding comments from federal prosecutor Vern Brewer on Monday, who insinuated that Thibeault “sought certain benefits” in his run for the Liberals in Sudbury.
“The comments yesterday by the crown prosecutor were pretty disappointing,” said Thibeault. “If anyone has ever had to explain to a 9 year old why you are not a bad man, it’s not an easy conversation.”
Thibeault is wrapped up in a scandal that 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.