Kathleen Wynne needs to act–not stonewall–in wake of Elections Ontario bribery findingsFebruary 19, 2015
Still no accountability, integrity after report suggesting Liberals broke law
Queens Park – Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Michael Harris says the Elections Ontario report indicating an “apparent contravention” of provincial bribery laws in the Sudbury by-election requires immediate action from Kathleen Wynne, and an end to the stonewalling.
“Look this is unprecedented, the first time ever that Elections Ontario has found anyone to have contravened bribery rules – Ms. Wynne now has to clear the air and do the right thing by demanding the resignation of her accused Deputy Chief of Staff and the Chair of the Sudbury Police Services Board.” Harris intoned. “Further, we need to ensure that an independent prosecutor is dealing with the case as it moves into its next stage – we can’t have the very government being accused of wrongdoing trying to sweep more dirty laundry under the rug again.”
Elections Ontario CEO Greg Essensa’s report concluded that the Premier’s Deputy Chief of Staff, Patricia Sorbara, and provincial appointee to the Greater Sudbury Police Services Board, Gerry Lougheed Jr, apparently violated the Elections Act by offering a job or appointment to Andrew Olivier if he would withdraw from becoming a candidate.
“The report leaves little doubt that the Premier traded integrity for a tainted political win – as I’ve said previously, they’ve done it before and they’ll do it again,” said Harris. “Wynne needs to take responsibility, call for the resignations, and move forward with an independent prosecution.”
Harris concluded that the continued stonewalling by the Premier only further illustrates the lack of accountability and transparency that has the Liberal government under the dark shadow of three separate OPP investigations.
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