Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne’s defamation action against opposition leader Patrick Brown may fall foul of her own government’s anti-SLAPP legislation, Toronto litigator and mediator Howard Winkler tells AdvocateDaily.com.
Wynne followed through on a threat to sue Brown following a dispute over comments he made when the premier was scheduled to appear as a witness at a trial of two members of her party in Sudbury, Ont., involving allegations of bribery under the Election Act.
Brown refused to apologize for comments that suggested Wynne herself was on trial, rather than testifying as a witness, and denied his statements were defamatory.
Winkler, a defamation lawyer with over 30 years of experience, and principal of Winkler Dispute Resolution, says he doubts the case will ever get to trial, noting that it reminds him of a suit launched by Wynne against Brown’s predecessor, which eventually settled out of court…
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