07/25/2017 14:55 EDT | Updated 07/25/2017 14:55 EDT

Sudbury Byelection Scandal: Kathleen Wynne To Testify At Trial Of 2 Liberals Facing Charges

Ontario premier says she won't use parliamentary privilege.

Ontario's Premier Kathleen Wynne is shown in Quebec City on April 14, 2015.
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Ontario's Premier Kathleen Wynne is shown in Quebec City on April 14, 2015.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne says she will testify at the trial of two Liberals facing bribery charges under the Election Act.

The trial for Pat Sorbara, the premier's former deputy chief of staff, and Liberal fundraiser Gerry Lougheed, is set to begin in September.

The pair is accused of offering a would-be candidate, Andrew Olivier, a job or appointment to get him to step aside in a 2015 byelection in Sudbury, Ont., for Glenn Thibeault.

'I will go along with the process'

At the time, Thibeault was a New Democrat MP. He is now the energy minister.

Sorbara and Lougheed both deny the charges.

Wynne says she could use parliamentary privilege to avoid testifying at the trial but will not be doing so.

"I will testify, I will go along with the process and do what I can to clarify," said Wynne who has maintained that the Liberals were just trying to keep Olivier in the party fold, and that there was no need to offer him anything because she had already decided he would not be the byelection candidate.

"I've been very clear that I was going to work with the process and I've done that and I will continue to do that," Wynne said Tuesday.

When asked if she would welcome Sorbara back to work in her office if she was acquitted, Wynne said she looked forward to the opportunity to work with Sorbara again.

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