PC leader served with libel notice by Ontario Premier.

Published on : October 21, 2017 5:38

Lawyers for Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne have issued notice of a libel suit against PC Leader Patrick Brown over comments he made suggesting she was on trial.

Brown spoke to reporters at Queen’s Park about the Sudbury byelection bribery scandal last month and said that Wynne may only provide answers “when she stands trial.”

Within a few days, Wynne’s lawyers called on him to apologize and retract the statement, but Brown declined.

The letter to Brown from lawyer Jack Siegel stated, “You have refused to retract or apologize for those defamatory statements, and have made further defamatory statements about Premier Wynne.Accordingly, a legal action will now be commenced against you for defamation.”

Provincial law required Wynne’s lawyers to issue a libel notice within six weeks of the comments, making the deadline next Tuesday.

In a statement today afternoon, Brown dismissed the libel notice as an attempt by the Wynne government to distract attention from bad news this week, such as a critical auditor general’s report about its hydro rate cuts.