Ontario Liberals offered quadriplegic candidate ‘appointments, jobs, whatever’ to step aside: Recordings

Recordings released by former Liberal candidate Andrew Olivier show the Liberal party offered him “appointments, jobs, whatever” after asking him to step aside and let NDP MP Glenn Thibeault take his place in an upcoming byelection in Sudbury.

Premier Kathleen Wynne previously denied offering Olivier anything to step down and support Thibeault, but the recordings posted to YouTube on Thursday show the premier’s staff told Oliver they’d find him another job in the party.

“I come to you on behalf of the premier to ask you if you would consider stepping down, even more than that Andrew, nominating him,” Sudbury Liberal party member Gerry Lougheed Jr. tells Olivier in a Dec. 11 recording.

“The premier wants to talk to you. They would like to present you options in terms of appointments, jobs, whatever, that you and her and (deputy chief of staff) Pat Sorbara can talk about.”