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Politics Liberals did not commit criminal offence in Sudbury by-election, police say

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne speaks to media at Queen's Park Toronto, Ontario, Tuesday, January 6, 2015. Prime Minister Stephen Harper met with Wynne for the first time in more than a year. (

Ontario Provincial Police have determined the provincial Liberals did not commit a criminal offence in spurning a potential Sudbury, Ont., by-election candidate.

Andrew Olivier, the party's candidate in last June's general election, says he was asked by Premier Kathleen Wynne to step aside because she had another candidate in mind, which she later revealed to be NDP MP Glenn Thibeault.

Olivier says Liberal officials asked him not to seek the nomination and suggested a job or appointment could be arranged – accusations the Liberals have denied.

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The Progressive Conservatives wrote to the OPP, asking them to investigate because they believed the alleged actions could contravene sections of the Criminal Code that relate to offering government advantages and securing appointments.

OPP spokesman Sgt. Peter Leon says the anti-rackets division reviewed the information and conducted interviews with the people involved and have concluded no criminal offence was committed.

The Sudbury by-election is set for Feb. 5 to replace New Democrat Joe Cimino, who surprised supporters by resigning for personal reasons after just five months on the job.

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