Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Two Liberals Facing Election Act Bribery Charges Could Go to Trial This Summer

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Two Liberals Facing Election Act Bribery Charges Could Go to Trial This Summer

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Two Liberals could face trial this summer

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SUDBURY, Ont. - Two Ontario Liberals facing Election Act bribery charges could go to trial this summer in Sudbury.

Lawyers for Pat Sorbara, the premier's former deputy chief of staff, and Liberal fundraiser Gerry Lougheed briefly appeared in court today and set the next date for Feb. 8.

On that day they're expected to set a date for trial, with the parties eyeing dates in the summer.

The charges stem from allegations the pair offered a would-be candidate a job or appointment to get him to step aside in a 2015 byelection in Sudbury for Glenn Thibeault, who was then a New Democrat MP -- and is now the energy minister.

Sorbara and Lougheed both deny the charges.

One of the two charges against Sorbara alleges she promised to get Thibeault "an office or employment" to induce him to become a candidate. …

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