Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Energy Minister Says He Won't Resign after Being Named in Election Act Charge

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Energy Minister Says He Won't Resign after Being Named in Election Act Charge

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Thibeault refuses calls for resignation

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TORONTO - Ontario's opposition parties called on Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault to resign his cabinet post Thursday after being named in an Election Act charge against the premier's former deputy chief of staff.

Pat Sorbara was charged this week with two bribery counts under the act, and one allegation is that she offered Thibeault something in exchange for running for the provincial Liberals. Thibeault was a New Democrat MP for Sudbury, Ont., before he ran for the Ontario Liberals in a byelection in that riding in February 2015.

Police allege that at some point between Nov. 19, 2014 and the day after the byelection Sorbara promised to get Thibeault "an office or employment" to induce him to become a candidate.

Progressive Conservative deputy leader Steve Clark said that when the integrity of a minister is called into question, they have a responsibility to step aside during an investigation.

"There used to be a time when ministers took their integrity seriously and believed they had to have the trust of the province, but that no longer exists in Liberal Ontario," he said in the legislature. "One last time, I implore the premier, please, do the right thing. Stand up, premier, walk over to the minister's desk and ask him to resign."

Sorbara recently took a leave of absence from her job as Wynne's deputy chief of staff to become the Ontario Liberals' CEO and 2018 campaign director, posts she resigned from when the charges were laid.

But Thibeault himself is not charged nor is he under investigation, the premier and attorney general said Thursday in response to repeated opposition questions.

The NDP also called for Thibeault's resignation and expressed frustration at the government's refrain that the case is before the courts.

"I think the government doesn't understand what's going on here," said deputy leader Jagmeet Singh. …

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