The NDP MPP for Timmins – James Bay is wondering why it’s taking the OPP so long to lay more charges in the Sudbury by-election scandal. Liberal supporter Gerry Lougheed Junior already faces bribe-related charges after another Liberal was asked not seek a nomination in a by-election in return for a job or appointment. The conversation was recorded.
But New Democrat Gilles Bisson says the Premier’s deputy chief of staff, Pat Sorbara, made the same offer and her voice is also on tape. Bisson understands investigations take time, but he says quite a bit of time has passed and adds people are asking why one person was charged and not the other. And the New Democrats aren’t alone at trying to get answers over the Sudbury by-election scandal.
Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown went after the Premier on the first day that Queen’s Park resumed after a lengthy Christmas break. Brown wants to know if the Premier instructed two Liberals to offer inducements to a Sudbury candidate in return for not seeking a nomination. In response, Kathleen Wynne told Brown she can’t comment on the matter because charges have been laid and it’s before the courts.