Premier to Patrick Brown: retract or I'll sue

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne is asking the leader of the Opposition to retract comments he made about her or face legal action.

Wynne is set to testify as a witness today in a trial in Sudbury, Ont., for two former Liberal staffers who are facing bribery charges under the Election Act.

A letter filed today by Wynne's lawyers says Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown told reporters Tuesday that Wynne was standing trial in the bribery case.

The letter goes on to say that Wynne is not on trial or even under investigation, but is rather offering voluntary testimony and co-operating with the court process.

It also demands Brown retract and apologize for the remarks just as another Conservative member of the provincial legislature, Bill Walker, did last week after being issued a similar legal
notice.

Walker told a local radio station Wynne was under investigation and facing charges in connection with the bribery trial. Days later, he went back on the air to correct the statement and
apologize for the remarks.

Brown's office did not contest the leader's remarks, but said he immediately tried to clarify them when speaking to the media.

At Queen's Park, Steve Clark, Critic for Ethics and Accountability, says the party's lawyers will be speaking with government lawyers and releasing a statement shortly after.