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Wynne to testify at byelection bribery trial

CityNews | posted Wednesday, Sep 13th, 2017

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne speaks at the Ford Essex Engine Plant in Windsor, Ont. on Thursday, March 30, 2017. Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne says she's "pleased" the state of New York has dropped proposed Buy American provisions from its state budget. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Dave Chidley

It is unprecedented in recent memory – a sitting Premier of Ontario testifying in a trial – but that is what will happen on Wednesday in Sudbury.

Two prominent Liberals have been charged with attempting to bribe a would-be candidate in the 2014 Sudbury byelection.

Pat Sorbara, once Kathleen Wynne’s former campaign manager, and Gerry Lougheed, a well-known and powerful Liberal fundraiser, allegedly offered Andrew Olivier a job if he would step aside to free the race for their handpicked candidate – now energy minister Glenn Thibeault.

Although Wynne doesn’t have to testify – she could have invoked parliamentary privilege – she announced earlier this year that she would be taking the witness stand.

“I will testify, I will go along with the process and do what I can to clarify, as I have in the legislature many, many, many times,” she said in July.



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