Tories want Wynne to drop libel case

Push for Premier to stop legal action at Queen's Park

The Tories are demanding Kathleen Wynne drop her plans to sue leader Tim Hudak and energy critic Lisa MacLeod for their allegations she oversaw email deletion in the gas plant scandal.

PC MPP John Yakabuski stood up in question period demanding the Premier drop her plans for legal action, asking Kathleen Wynne to "drop the charade."

He calls the move "unwarranted and undemocratic," claiming she's just afraid more revelations about her party will come out in the OPP deleted email investigation.

But Wynne stands by her decision to move forward, stressing she wants to deal with facts in public debates and opposition's allegations don't.

Wynne's lawyer sent Hudak MacLeod both a cease and desist letter and a libel notice. And while the two haven't repeated their allegations much over the past few days, they refuse to back down.

These allegations haven't been proven in court.

This all started when the Tories responded to the release of OPP documents, which show the police investigation is focused on former chief-of staff to Dalton McGuinty David Livingston, who faces criminal charges. He's alleged to have brought in another staff member's tech-savvy boyfriend Peter Faist to wipe information from government computers.

The Mississauga and Oakville gas plant cancellations cost tax- and rate-payers $1.1 billion.

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  1. arthur posted on 04/09/2014 03:47 PM
    as soon as Mr. Hudak and Ms. Macloudmouth stand up in the legislative assembly and do the honourable thing and apologize to the premier it will be dropped. Until then both of you turkeys are served notice
    1. Mark posted on 04/09/2014 05:41 PM
      @arthur I'm so sorry Arthur that your lobotomy went so badly for you. Living with 1/4 of your brain must be a challenge.
    2. Karl Burgin posted on 04/10/2014 09:32 AM
      @arthur Apology for what? Hudak do the honorable thing?!?!?
      Even IF (and that's a very BIG IF) and apology was warranted, the Liberals aren't really deserving of it. Unless if you admire every scandal the Liberals have dipped their big toe in for the past decade.
    3. Adriane Taylor posted on 04/11/2014 12:38 PM
      @Karl Burgin If not for the fact that 1100 Lieberal cronies decided to install her as premier of Ontario, there is no way that Wynne would have won the honour on her own. She is not only too thin skinned to be a politician, she allowed her undying admiration of McGuinty to cloud her vision and her mind. She either knew or should have known all the corruption taking place around her. She is not the premier She is just playing one on TV.
    4. Karl Burgin posted on 04/11/2014 12:48 PM
      @Adriane Taylor Dalton! Dalton! Dalton! ;p
  2. Ryan posted on 04/09/2014 04:13 PM
    If Comrade Wynne has nothing to hide, why are the Liberals being so pushy about getting Hudak to drop the allegations? Surely, if they're as innocent as they'd like us to believe, then pushing the lawsuit through with no opportunity for Hudak to back down would be a smooth ride for easy money.

    The choice is still clear: Hudak for Premier! Let Wynne face an election, for once in her career!
  3. Dean posted on 04/09/2014 04:31 PM
    This is one hell of a bluff from the Liberals. They want Hudak to drop the allegations for the same reason unions want us to forget about right-to-work: they know that they're the only people who'll be hurt by pushing forward!
  4. Frankie posted on 04/09/2014 04:54 PM
    The conservatives (and NDP if they weren't such chickens) should be hounding the Liberals daily on the gas plants as well as the lengthy list of mismanagement, all day, every day. There should be no let up until those "crooks" are out of power and they shouldn't be distracted by any BS the Liberals announce.

    Only way to get it into the thick heads of Ontario voters how corrupt and incompetent the Liberals are.
    1. Sonny posted on 04/09/2014 05:58 PM
      @Frankie the PCs and NDP were going to cancel the plants so it would have cost more...
    2. Karl Burgin posted on 04/10/2014 09:34 AM
      @Sonny 1.> You do not know for sure if that would be the case. If anything, the PCs or the NDP probably wouldn't have put the plant in those locations to begin with
      2.>Sure we shouldn't punish the Liberals for what they did by re-electing them, but we should punish the PCs for what they COULD have done by NOT electing them???? Is that the twisted logic you're trying to push?
  5. Mark posted on 04/09/2014 05:46 PM
    IMO Wynne Bag has the advantage. If this goes to trial then like a true liberal, then IMO she will lie through her teeth even when under oath.

    Heck,, Wynne Bag looks so much like Daniel Craig that when I see her on TV I think I'm watching a James Bond movie gone bad.
    1. Karl Burgin posted on 04/10/2014 09:35 AM
      @Mark "Wynne Bag looks so much like Daniel Craig that when I see her on TV..."

      Without the abs..... ;p
  6. frank posted on 04/09/2014 05:52 PM
    The public is really looking forward to Premier Wynne being cross examined as to the performance of the Ontario government and its reputation, billions in mis-spending, lying, mismanagement and cover-ups for all the years she has been in government.
    It would be a shame if this doesn't take place.
  7. Some Rational Thoughts posted on 04/09/2014 08:54 PM
    The Cons have been duped by Ms Wynne.

    The reason? ... they have the weakest leader in Canada and the Conservative back room isn't firing on all cylinders (or maybe they are - now that's a scary thought).

    This is a definite win for Wynne.

    Admit it you dumber than dumb Conservatives.
    You've been painted into the corner by the Libs and Ms Wynne. They have turned the tables on you very effectively.
    1. Karl Burgin posted on 04/10/2014 09:42 AM
      @Some Rational Thoughts As twisted as your spiel might be, you may have a point with Hudak being a weak leader- for all the wrong reasons. I'm not sure when running for the Premier's chair turned into a likability contest- but unfortunately it is a fact that cannot be over-looked.
      Which is also reflected in the polls, that if there were an election held today, Wynne would still win, and Hudak would come in a distant third. So the only thing an election would produce is, instead of an appointed corrupt premier, we would have an officially elected corrupt premier.
      And I hate to drive home a point, but this is why John Tory should have tried to become the face of the PCs instead of running for mayor. Because then, it would be a better playing field in the likability department between Wynne and Tory- where the Conservatives would have a much better chance of winning.

      As much as I hate to admit it, unless the Liberals are carted off to jail or Hudak performs a 180, or by some miracle the Liberals are removed as a choice from the 3-tiered race, you may be right that the PCs may be setting themselves up for a fall.
  8. Sally posted on 04/10/2014 09:29 AM
    Wynne has to make one of two choices,...Stand her ground and try to lie her way out of this OR pack up and leave town, never to be seen again..
    If anyone thinks we should stick with the Liberals go take a look at Ontario's Debt Clock..just google it..,,
    1. Karl Burgin posted on 04/10/2014 09:47 AM
      @Sally In order for Ontario to be free from the Liberals, they have to be somehow removed as an option to vote for.
      Because in reality, an election would just make her an officially elected corrupt premier- because of the stupid voters who think she's doing a good job- or are fooled by her glamorous (*cough*almost choked there) charm.
      The choices are far from great- but I would rather Wynne stay in power, and be tortuously slow-roasted by the OPP, all the scandals on her back and the opposition- than see her being re-elected in an official and legal capacity.
  9. danieljchristie posted on 04/10/2014 08:25 PM
    Wynne quite rightly called Hudak's bluff. Hudak has nothing to stand on. Wynne is not the subject of the lawsuit -Hudak is. By launching the suit and standing her ground, Wynne is subjecting herself to cross examination -cross examination that will have nothing whatsoever to do with anything but Hudak's alleged slander. At this stage even a grovelling apology from Mr. Deb Hutton ain't gonna cut it. Lil' Timmy got himself into it -let him get himself out of it.
    1. AC posted on 04/11/2014 01:41 PM
      @danieljchristie agreed!
      he and Macloudmouth got a little too anxious with their cute comments. thinking they can say whatever they want. now tell it to the judge.
      stand your ground premier!
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