Sudbury byelection bribery trial: ‘wheeling and dealing’ not illegal, defence argues

Sudbury byelection bribery trial: 'wheeling and dealing' not illegal, defence argues
Sudbury byelection bribery trial: ‘wheeling and dealing’ not illegal, defence argues
Rather, the stipends were paid to the two men for the hard work they put into the byelection campaign.

Like what you’re reading? Make us your homepage today! See a typo/mistake? Have a story/tip? 0 Shares Facebook Twitter Email Text More Local News Unlock the code of life at new Science North exhibit Oct 10, 2017 10:00 PM Pipeline cancellation “troubling,” says FONOM Oct 10, 2017 9:00 PM Fate of Sudbury bribery case to determined Oct. 24 Oct 10, 2017 8:00 PM Visit our homepage >”Again, we find it difficult to understand why we’re here,” Greenspan answered him. In a document released last month, lawyers Michael Lacy, Brian Greenspan and Erin Dann say Andrew Olivier could not, and did not, unilaterally declare that he would be the “candidate” for the Ontario Liberal Party (OLP) for the 2015 byelection.
The defence has said for two years now that the Crown has no case and these charges never should have been laid and argued that once again on Tuesday.
The Sudbury byelection bribery trial resumed for six hours of arguments on Tuesday and is now into another two-week break.

The manner in which the OLP determines who will be a Liberal candidate is governed by the OLP constitution and is a private matter that is not subject to regulatory sanction.They are accused of bribing would-be Liberal candidate Andrew Olivier to step aside so Sudbury’s New Democrat MP Glenn Thibeault could defect and run for the Ontario Liberals.

“The Crown might not like the fact that internal party politics” involve “wheeling and dealing” but “that’s not an offence,” Lacy argued.

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