The former president of the Sudbury riding association opposed the idea of appointing any candidate in a 2015 by-election. Bill Nurmi said he preferred an open vote where riding members decided on the Liberal nominee. Nurmi was testifying at the Sudbury bribe trial of two prominent Liberals. They’re accused of offering a job or appointment to former candidate Andrew Olivier if he didn’t seek the nomination. Nurmi also said he disagreed with the Premier’s decision to appoint former New Democrat Glenn Thibeault as the Liberal candidate and he did not attend the announcement event.