MPP Yurek demands answer from the Premier regarding Sudbury By-Election Scandal

QUEEN’S PARK –This morning MPP Jeff Yurek rose in the legislature to question the Premier on the similarities of the Sudbury election scandal and the recent news that 3 senior officials of the Ontario Provincial Police Association took voluntary leaves of absence during an ongoing police investigation.

“Premier, actions speak louder than words, the OPPA is working to maintain their integrity while you’re working to bring shame to the Office of the Premier.  Why have you not required Pat Sorbara & Gerry Lougheed to step aside during the OPP Investigation.” asked Yurek.

The Premier did not answer MPP Yurek’s question and referred to the Minister of Community Safety & Correctional Services.

While it is the usual custom for any Government to have Ministers and staff step aside during investigations, the Premier has not moved on removing Pat Sobarra or Gerry Lougheed from their positions.

Earlier in question period the Premier responded that she has been unable to meet with the OPP because of scheduling conflicts.  In a follow up question Yurek further pushed the issue.  “Premier you have stood in this house claiming that you are cooperating with the OPP however; it has been over a month and you have yet to meet with the police.  Average people who have nothing to hide would meet with the police as soon as possible regardless of their schedule.  Premier, wouldn’t you agree that delaying the meeting with the OPP is tantamount in interfering with the OPP investigation.”

“Although the Premier promised that she would govern differently than her predecessor, since the last election the Liberal Government has governed in the same fashion with a lack of accountability, transparency or integrity.  This evident in the Premier’s inaction during the current Sudbury election scandal. “ stated Yurek.

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