QUEBEC — A lawyer for Bloc Quebecois Leader Martine Ouellet has sent a legal warning to a TV network in Quebec and the panelists of a political talk show for recent remarks about her.
Guy Bertrand says Ouellet is taking issue with comments made on “La Joute” on March 8 and he argues they constitute an attack on her reputation…
In an interview with AdvocateDaily.com, Toronto litigator and mediator Howard Winkler says that in order to succeed in an action involving the kinds of comments in question, Ouellet would have to demonstrate either that there was specific malice on the part of the panelists she has threatened to sue or that they fundamentally mischaracterized her position on the issue of a referendum question.
“To attack someone’s ideas or positions, especially in the context of the policies of a provincial political party is not, in my view, an attack on Ms. Ouellets’ reputation,” says Winkler, principal and founder of Winkler Dispute Resolution.
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