Fedeli Calls on Energy Minister to Resign

November 22, 2016

QUEEN’S PARK – Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault should step down in the midst of an ongoing legal investigation related to the Sudbury by-election, Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli said today.

Two prominent individuals with ties to the government, including Premier Kathleen Wynne’s former deputy chief of staff, were recently charged with Election Act bribery charges related to the 2015 Sudbury by-election.

Yesterday, Crown prosecutor Vern Brewer indicated that Thibeault “sought certain benefits” to run in the provincial by-election, but was not formerly charged because it is “an offence to offer, not necessarily to receive a bribe.”

“In the court of public opinion, it’s clear this government and Minister only do what’s in their personal interest, not what’s best for the people of Ontario,” said Fedeli.

“Now the Energy Minister is distracted by legal problems as opposed to working to address the hydro crisis his government created. He’s failing Ontario families and businesses. And he’s failing the people of Sudbury and the North.”

“In the North we work hard and play by the rules. That’s the example we all expect in our elected officials. However, it’s clear Minister Thibeault has forgotten his Northern roots,” Fedeli added.

“Will the Energy Minister do the right thing on behalf of his constituents and resign?” concluded Fedeli.

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