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Monday, December 6, 2021

A court in Ontario has dismissed Bernier’s defamation complaint against a political pundit

Key sentence:

  • Bernier attempted to sue Warren Kinsella over comments that depicted the PPC leader as a racist, misogynist, and antisemite.
  • Kinsella has denied any direct ties to the Conservatives, claiming instead that admirers of the party hired him.
  • Bernier and the PPC, according to Kinsella, are fostering racism, antisemitism, and anti-LGBTQ discourse. 

An Ontario court has dismissed a defamation case filed by People’s Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier against an outspoken political analyst and strategist.

Before the 2019 federal election, Bernier attempted to sue Warren Kinsella over comments that depicted the PPC leader as a racist, misogynist, and antisemite.

Bernier claims that the descriptions harmed his reputation and put him in the public eye, causing him embarrassment.

Ontario Superior Court Justice Calum MacLeod dismissed the complaint on Wednesday, saying Kinsella would have been able to offer a reasonable defence to his accusations.

The judge also stated that any harm to Bernier did not exceed the importance of free speech when criticising politicians and political parties in public.

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Kinsella took to Twitter to express her joy at the lawsuit’s dismissal.

Bernier voiced confidence in his case’s success in an interview with CBC News in October.

“I stated I was a bigot and a Nazi, and I’m suing Kinsella for discrimination. And I will make that decision, and I can assure you that it will be favourable to us. “On October 6, he stated.

According to documents acquired by CBC, Kinsella’s consultancy business Daisy Group was recruited to “hunt and destroy” the PPC in the run-up to the 2019 federal election.

Peoples party leader Maxime Bernier sues political pundit for defamation

According to a person familiar with the initiative, Kinsella was paid by the Conservative Party of Canada to undermine the PPC before its first election as a registered party. However, Kinsella has denied any direct ties to the Conservatives, claiming instead that admirers of the party hired him.

In the 2019 election, the PPC received only 1.6 per cent of the national vote, failing to secure a seat. Likewise, in the 2021 election, the party did not obtain a seat, despite increasing its popular vote share to 4.9 per cent.

Kinsella’s statements on Bernier and the PPC on social media, in blog postings, and on his website did not satisfy the high bar required to qualify as defamation of a political leader, according to Justice MacLeod’s 19-page written decision.

Bernier and the PPC, according to Kinsella, are fostering racism, antisemitism, and anti-LGBTQ discourse. He also compared Bernier and then-US President Donald Trump and David Duke, the former Ku Klux Klan leader.

Kinsella used nasty and aggressive language, but MacLeod finally deemed the comments fair and based on fact.

MacLeod added, “Mr Kinsella was basing his comments on actual statements taken by Mr Bernier.”

Source: CBC

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