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Wynne to testify at byelection bribery trial

CityNews | posted Wednesday, Sep 13th, 2017

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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