A top Liberal fundraiser and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne‘s former chief of staff are facing bribery charges under the Elections Act related to the Sudbury byelection scandal in 2015.
The Toronto Star reports Patricia Sorbara, head of Wynne’s re-election campaign, and Sudbury funeral director Gerry Lougheed will be charged by Ontario Provincial Police (OPP). A formal announcement is expected on Tuesday.
Lougheed had been previously charged with one count of counselling an offence not committed and one count of unlawfully influencing or negotiating appointments, but those were stayed by the crown in April.
The bribery scandal stems from the 2015 byelection in Sudbury where would-be Liberal candidate Andrew Olivier was allegedly offered a job or a government appointment to step aside for Wynne’s preferred candidate and current Minister of Energy Glenn Thibeault.
A conviction under the bribery section of the Election Act carries a penalty of up to $5,000. If a judge finds it was broken “knowingly,” the penalty is a fine of up to $25,000 and/or up to two years less a day in jail.