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Pat Sorbara out as co-chair of Ontario Liberals' 2018 election campaign: Wynne

Pat Sorbara leaves during a break in an Election Act bribery trial in Sudbury, Ont., on Sept. 7, 2017.

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Premier Kathleen Wynne says Pat Sorbara will not be the managing co-chair of the Ontario Liberals' 2018 election campaign.

In a statement Thursday evening, Wynne said while Sorbara will not be joining the campaign team, she will continue to count on her personal friendship.

Sorbara, who was also Wynne's deputy chief of staff, was acquitted along with local Liberal fundraiser Gerry Lougheed of Election Act bribery charges in October, after a Sudbury, Ont., judge found no jury would convict them.

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Sorbara and Lougheed were accused of offering a would-be candidate a job or appointment to step aside in a 2015 by-election.

The Liberals say Sorbara did not return as the premier's deputy chief of staff following the trial.

Wynne says the team that stepped up while Sorbara was dealing with the charges in Sudbury has "gelled" in the last several months.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne says governments are in place to create 'fairness,' which is what she claims the Liberals are aiming for with policies like a $14-an-hour minimum wage that comes into effect Jan. 1. The Canadian Press
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