Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne moves to sue Opposition leader for defamation

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne moves to sue Opposition leader for defamation

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The Canadian Press
Published Friday, October 20, 2017 1:11PM EDT
Last Updated Friday, October 20, 2017 1:12PM EDT

TORONTO — Ontario’s premier says she is taking another step toward a defamation lawsuit against the province’s Opposition leader.

Kathleen Wynne’s lawyer demanded in a letter last month that Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown retract comments suggesting the premier is personally on trial.

That letter came minutes before Wynne testified as a witness at a trial in Sudbury, Ont., involving two provincial Liberals facing Election Act bribery charges.

The day before, Brown had said to reporters that he hoped Wynne would give answers about the scandal “maybe when she stands trial” and went on to describe her as a “sitting premier, sitting in trial.”

Nearly six weeks later, Wynne’s lawyers followed up with another letter to Brown today saying it constitutes a notice of libel.

In today’s letter they warn Brown that he must preserve all relevant documents, because if Wynne proceeds with a lawsuit he will be required to disclose them all.

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