A former member of Parliament’s unsuccessful defamation case against a major B.C. newspaper underscores a recent trend by the courts to balance interests more towards freedom of expression rather than protection of a person’s reputation, Toronto lawyer and mediator Howard Winkler tells The Lawyer’s Daily.
The man’s claim was based on an article that contained allegations of unpaid debts, improper campaign spending and unsuccessful business ventures, which led to his resignation from the Liberal Party caucus, reports the online legal news outlet.
At issue was the allegation the former politician received a personal loan from his mother-in-law just before her death, something that was established at trial to be untrue, the legal site says. The trial judge ruled most of the article was covered by responsible communication, but “the allegations about the loan were ‘a distinct and separate subject in the story that was plainly untrue and was not investigated with sufficient diligence,’” The Lawyer’s Daily notes.
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