POLITICS

Andrew Olivier releases documents over alleged appointment offer

01/15/2015 12:21 EST | Updated 03/17/2015 05:59 EDT
In the wake of an Ontario Provincial Police investigation that the provincial Liberals did not commit a criminal offence a Sudbury, Ont., byelection candidate has released recordings to the public he feels will "clear the air" once and for all.

Olivier, the party's candidate in last June's general election, says he was asked by Premier Kathleen Wynne to step aside because she had another candidate in mind, which she later revealed to be NDP MP Glenn Thibeault.

Olivier says Liberal officials asked him not to seek the nomination and suggested a job or appointment could be arranged — accusations the Liberals have denied.

Read his Facebook comments below:

"As a quadriplegic, writing notes is a luxury I do not have.

I record many of my one on one conversations and then log them for further use.

I did not wish to release the recordings of these conversations. But I have been left with no other option.

In order to clear the air once and for all, and to allow my fellow Sudburians to know the full and whole truth about what transpired, I am releasing my full and unedited conversations that took place on December 11th and 12th.

Someone once told me that all you have in life is your good name and your integrity.

I have to do what needs to be done to uphold both of those. A man can only take so much before he must finally stand up for himself.

I would like to say to everyone who has cast doubt on my openness and honesty, that I was telling the truth.

In these conversations, I was repeatedly asked what I want, and what my reward should be for stepping aside.

What I want – and what I’ve always wanted – is to fight for the needs of this community, and to uphold truth, honesty, and transparency.

To advocate for better schools, roads, and hospitals for my community. And to be Sudbury’s next Member of Provincial Parliament."

The following are transcripts that Olivier claims are of two separate discussions between him and Pat Sorbara, the premier's chief of staff, as well as between him and Sudbury Liberal party member Gerry Lougheed Jr. Neither Sorbara nor Lougheed have confirmed that they did speak with Olivier and that the conversations took place.