A Northern Ontario federal New Democrat says Glenn Thibeault’s decision to run for the provincial Liberals in Sudbury was unexpected.

Carol Hughes admits the move took the party for a loop.

Considering Thibeault makes a lot more as an MP than he would as an MPP, Hughes strongly believes the Liberals are promising him big things.

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When the Sudbury by-election is held, Hughes hopes the public votes against Thibeault to protest his decision to jump ship.

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Hughes adds Thibeault is joining a government that’s mired in scandals including deleting e-mails to cover up the gas plant controversy.

Hughes says the provincial Liberals are mired in controversy including the e-health fiasco, re-opening collective agreements and the list goes on.

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The by-election is expected during mid winter and Hughes hopes voters don’t support Thibeault.