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Trudeau, Ontario campaign head face $1.5-million libel suit

In a statement of claim filed in court today, lawyers for Christine Innes say the Liberal leader and MacNaughton slandered her by falsely claiming she'd been blocked because of bullying and intimidation tactics used by her campaign.

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Justin Trudeau and his Ontario campaign co-chair, David MacNaughton, are facing a $1.5-million libel suit from a would-be candidate who was barred from running for the Liberal party.

In a statement of claim filed in court today, lawyers for Christine Innes say the Liberal leader and MacNaughton slandered her by falsely claiming she'd been blocked because of bullying and intimidation tactics used by her campaign.

The statement of claim contains allegations not proven in court.

Innes had wanted to run for the Liberals in the pending byelection in Toronto's Trinity-Spadina, which became vacant last month when New Democrat MP Olivia Chow resigned to run for mayor in Toronto.

MacNaughton informed her last month that she would not be allowed to seek the byelection nomination or a nomination in any riding for the 2015 general election.

Trinity-Spadina will cease to exist in 2015, due to redistribution that will hive off chunks of the riding into three new downtown Toronto ridings.

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  1. Fact Provider posted on 04/15/2014 05:25 AM
    Leaders in Canadian politics have always had the power to deny a person from seeking nomination as a candidate.
    And so it should be.
    Imagine the mess if Hudak hadn't given the refusal to Doug Ford.
  2. john posted on 04/15/2014 11:43 AM
    1th Doug Ford did not get kicked out by Hudak he got out himself .
    2nd i hope she wins this lawsuit . i would love it to see a politician give money to a REAL human instead of wasting it on crap we dont need .
    1. Fact Provider posted on 04/15/2014 02:13 PM
      @john Only a completely stupid person wouldn't realize that the only reason Doug Ford "changed" his mind about running for the PC's was due to the fact that Hudak went from "knowing and welcoming" him to "no comment" immediately after the crack video scandal of Rob Ford's broke.

      Hudak distanced himself from both Fords immediately and made it abundantly clear to Doug that he could never run for the Tories as long as he (Hudak) is in charge.
    2. Karl Burgin posted on 04/17/2014 10:42 AM
      @Fact Provider 1.> That maybe. I'm not entirely convinced that's the reason why Doug didn't go provincial. Your explanation may partially be the reason why

      The main reason I think is this: The Fords are used to going their own path- which is usually unconventional. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing, because so far, it's been working for them successfully so far.
      The issue here is that provincially, its all about party politics, and towing the party line. I know for sure Rob Ford isn't capable of that. And I highly doubt that Doug Ford can do that also. It would be a full-time job for Hudak to concentrate on reigning Doug in...lol

      And besides, the Fords have a habit of NOT throwing their friends/associates under the bus, as Provincial/Federal Conservative leaders have a tendency to do.
  3. john posted on 04/15/2014 01:33 PM
    i dont care how politicians act or pretend to be human thay are not . there the child of the devil .
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