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Ontario Liberals claim Sudbury byelection victory amid controversy

Former NDP MP Glenn Thibeault won a provincial seat for the Ontario Liberals in a Sudbury byelection on Thursday, amid a growing controversy and investigation.

The Liberal party replaced Andrew Olivier on the ballot with Thibeault amid accusations of bribery from Olivier.

Olivier alleged the Liberals offered him a job or appointment in exchange for stepping aside. He went on to run as an independent, placing third behind NDP candidate Suzanne Shawbonquit.

The opposition parties also said the Liberals’ actions amounted to bribery and have asked the Ontario Provincial Police and Elections Ontario to investigate.

OPP Det.-Const. Erin Thomas said in a document filed in court that she “has reasonable grounds to believe and does believe” that there was a job offer that violates the Criminal Code.

Elections Ontario is also investigating the Liberals’ alleged actions, which the opposition parties said amount to bribery.

Thibeault captured 10,626 votes and Shawbonquit earned 8,985 while Olivier got 3,177.

With files from The Canadian Press