Specific statements by Hudak, MacLeod outlined in Wynne libel notice

Lawyers go after remarks made in person and online

It says "Notice of Libel" in big bold letters, addressed to Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak, PC Energy Critic Lisa MacLeod and their party.

The premier's office has released the legal document sent out on Friday, outlining what is being referred to as "false and defamatory" statements made both in a news conference on March 27th by Hudak and MacLeod, and on Twitter.

The allegations include Hudak's claims the premier had a role in "the criminal destruction of emails and documents related to the gas plant scandal" and that the deletion took place under her watch.

This notice also points to MacLeod stating in that same press conference that the Premier had her "hard drives wiped" and that she "has no moral authority to govern this province any longer"

Many of these statements, according to the notice, are also posted on the PC party website.

The Premier's lawyer also outlines statements made by MacLeod on Twitter, in particular tweets by MacLeod claiming the premier is crook and implying she deserves the same contempt as former US president Richard Nixon.

The notice of libel includes four pages of allegations made by the Tories, underlining "they constitute a libel against the Premier."

None of these allegations have been proven in court.

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  1. tanjo posted on 04/07/2014 07:18 PM
    I remember when I first saw Hudak's comments that he must have, or know of, a smoking gun. It seems Wynne is calling his bluff. Interesting to see how this pans out.

    Hudak could have diffused this the next day without losing the impact of his message by retracting a couple of comments. Now that he has dug in his heels, it's too late.

    First Hudak hitched his wagon to Ford, then had to back away. Then he spouted off about Right to Work and was forced to back away again. Now this. This election should be a slam-dunk for PC, but it seems that, much like McGuinty, Hudak is just saying whatever he thinks will get him elected.

    Now, if I were Horwath and thinking strategically, I would use the premise that we need to see this issue resolved before going to the polls, and prop up the government until it is, then call a non-confidence motion. Whichever way the ruling goes, one of those two parties is going to take a beating.
  2. john posted on 04/08/2014 02:14 PM
    false and defamatory pttt . more like true and true . this is going to get interesting . he should keep standing up to her she and her party are scum suckers and need to go . simple as that .
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