Premier Kathleen Wynne insists she is not dodging OPP detectives investigating the Sudbury byelection scandal.
“We’re arranging an interview,” the premier said Tuesday, five weeks after Ontario Provincial Police revealed they want to question her.
“The date just hasn’t been set yet. There’s lots happening in all of our lives and I can’t tell you about the timing of the OPP,” said Wynne.
“What I know is that at some point we’ll have that meeting,” she said at St. Michael’s Hospital where a new counterfeit-proof polymer birth certificate was unveiled.
Asked if she’s avoiding the OPP, Wynne said: “No, I’m not. I’m absolutely not. We will have that meeting. I’ve been clear about that.”
The OPP wants to question Wynne and her deputy chief of staff, Pat Sorbara, about allegations of bribery during last month’s Sudbury byelection
Police allege Sorbara and Sudbury Liberal organizer Gerry Lougheed illegally offered former Grit candidate Andrew Olivier a job to step aside so Glenn Thibeault, then the riding’s NDP MP, could defect and run for the governing party.
Thibeault won the Feb. 5 byelection and Olivier, running as an independent, finished third.
Sorbara and Lougheed, the chair of Sudbury’s police services board, have denied any wrongdoing and remain at their posts.
The OPP allegations have not been proven in court and no charges have been laid.
In the morning question period at Queen’s Park, the Progressive Conservatives and the New Democrats urged Wynne to force Sorbara and Lougheed to step aside until the investigation is complete.
The Tories noted that on Monday three senior OPP union officials temporarily left their posts after a raid last week on the association’s headquarters by RCMP officers armed with a search warrant.