Sorry, not sorry: Brown

Ottawa Sun - - NEWS - ANTONELLA ARTUSO

PC Leader Patrick Brown is not sorry.

Al­though he was not re­peat­ing them Thurs­day, Brown has re­fused to re­tract or apologize for re­marks he made re­gard­ing Premier Kath­leen Wynne’s tes­ti­mony at the al­leged job bribery trial in Sud­bury.

Wynne’s lawyers have threat­ened to sue Brown, say­ing he told re­porters that she was on trial, in­stead of mak­ing it clear that she was a vol­un­tary wit­ness for the Crown.

Brown had un­til 5 p.m. Thurs­day to make a pub­lic retraction, and it wasn’t im­me­di­ately known what ac­tion the premier’s lawyers would take.

“I will ig­nore her base­less threat,” Brown said. “It’s a sorry spec­ta­cle for On­tario to see the sit­ting Premier of On­tario hu­mil­i­ated in this fash­ion, de­based in this fash­ion, and she’s com­pounded the prob­lem by this threat yes­ter­day.”

Wynne tes­ti­fied Wed­nes­day at a trial where her for­mer chief of staff Pat Sor­bara and lo­cal Lib­eral or­ga­nizer Gerry Lougheed are charged in con­nec­tion with al­le­ga­tions made by a for­mer by­elec­tion can­di­date that he was of­fered a job or ap­point­ment to va­cate the race for pre­ferred can­di­date Glenn Thibeault.

Wynne told the court that no such bribe was made, but the Lib­er­als did at­tempt to keep thwarted can­di­date An­drew Olivier in the party.

Both Lougheed and Sor­bara have said they did noth­ing wrong, and Wynne was not a sub­ject of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

But Brown said her tes­ti­mony was a “sad day for On­tario ... See­ing the Premier of On­tario hav­ing to tes­tify at a trial where there’s al­le­ga­tions against her clos­est ad­vi­sor, no one re­gard­less of your po­lit­i­cal al­le­giances want to see the Premier of On­tario hu­mil­i­ated in that light.”

Deputy Premier Deb Matthews said the PC Leader’s re­fusal to apologize was “enor­mously dis­ap­point­ing.”

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