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Kennedy, two Liberal MPs begin suit against paper ('oh, save us Judge!')
Toronto Globe & Mail ^ | Saturday, March 24, 2007 | Campbell Clark

Posted on 03/26/2007 8:43:09 AM PDT by GMMAC

Kennedy, two Liberal MPs begin suit against paper
Libel notices served after column alleged deal cut before leadership convention

Toronto Globe and Mail
Saturday, March 24, 2007

OTTAWA -- Defeated Liberal leadership candidate Gerard Kennedy and two Liberal MPs have served libel notices on the National Post over a column that alleged they cut a deal to scrap controversial security measures in exchange for organizing leadership-convention votes.

Mr. Kennedy and the two Toronto-area MPs, Navdeep Bains and Omar Alghabra, claim that the column falsely asserted that the MPs struck a deal to bring sizable delegations of Sikhs and Muslims to help elect Mr. Kennedy as Liberal leader if he would oppose two sections of the anti-terror act.

The column, penned by Post comment editor Jonathan Kay, stated that a "well-informed source" informed him that "the critical deals were cut months in advance."

The three Liberals responded with a libel notice this week -- the first step toward a defamation lawsuit -- and issued a news release yesterday announcing the action, and asserting that they look forward to "exposing" Mr. Kay's anonymous source.

"Ultimately, Mr. Kay made allegations that were based on absolutely no facts," said Rob Silver, a spokesman for Mr. Kennedy, Mr. Bains and Mr. Alghabra.

"They're going to fight to defend their reputations and their integrity."

The allegations in the libel notice have not been proven in court. Both Mr. Kay and the Post's editor-in-chief, Douglas Kelly, declined to comment.

Mr. Bains and Mr. Alghabra were key organizers for Mr. Kennedy's leadership bid, and both followed Mr. Kennedy to back Stéphane Dion on later ballots.

Mr. Kay's column followed on a controversy sparked by a report in the Vancouver Sun that erupted into a furious exchange in the House of Commons.

The Vancouver Sun reported on Feb. 22 that Mr. Bains' father-in-law, Darshan Singh Saini, was on a list of potential witnesses that investigators into the 1985 Air India bombings might seek to question under a special investigative hearing provision of Canada's anti-terrorism act.

Under Mr. Dion, the Liberals had switched position to oppose the extension of the investigative hearings, which were first adopted in the 2001 anti-terror law passed by the Liberal government of Jean Chrétien.

In the Commons last month, Mr. Harper began to read the Sun article, stating it described how the Liberal Party makes decisions, before he was shouted down by Liberal MPs who demanded an apology.

Mr. Kennedy, Mr. Bains, and Mr. Alghabra all state in their libel notices they did not make any deal about the anti-terror provisions, and Mr. Bains asserts that he never discussed them with either Mr. Kennedy or Mr. Dion.

TOPICS: Canada; Foreign Affairs; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: dion; harper; islamofascism; racismantisemitism
Typical of Liberals, this bunch prefers to bring the issue of the merits of their policies & tactics before their hand-picked Judicial buddies rather than have them rightly tried in the court of public opinion.
Irrespective of whom it can be proved said or did what, the open anti-Semitism, race-baiting & hate-mongering which went on at their leadership convention - well documented even by Liberal-friendly media like CP - can hardly be denied so, they're absolute fools to want to re-focus public attention on it ... especially with an election on the horizon.

Plus & while apparently so far msm-ignored, when the slimeball unelected ringleader of this weaselly crew goes on CTV yesterday hypocritically & shamelessly as much as calling the Prime Minister a Klansman ...

Again, as originally posted on FR & now all the more accurate: National security vs. Liberal ethno-politics

1 posted on 03/26/2007 8:43:16 AM PDT by GMMAC
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To: fanfan; Pikamax; Former Proud Canadian; Great Dane; Alberta's Child; headsonpikes; Ryle; ...

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2 posted on 03/26/2007 8:44:56 AM PDT by GMMAC (Discover Canada governed by Conservatives:
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3 posted on 03/26/2007 10:59:04 AM PDT by fanfan ("We don't start fights my friends, but we finish them, and never leave until our work is done."PMSH)
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It amazes me, while I can see our American FRiends not being all that interested, you're the only Canadian FReeper who's indicated they appreciate the importance of the issues raised both in the original article & the reaction it's generated from the Liberals.

To me it's the best ever expose of the racist chicanery that's primarily led to them being in power for as much as they have.
4 posted on 03/26/2007 3:27:30 PM PDT by GMMAC (Discover Canada governed by Conservatives:
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I can't decide if the Dion Grits really like terrorists, or that the Liberal Party will do ANYTHING to retain power.

5 posted on 03/27/2007 10:45:20 PM PDT by Sam Gamgee (May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't. - Patton)
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To: Sam Gamgee
It's like those old Doublemint gum "stop! you're both right!" ads back in the 60's & 70's.

The Liberals will do ANYTHING to gain/retain power AND rationalize the actions of / have empathy for / sympathize with terrorists!

A MUST READ: The Essence of Liberalism: Embracing Life's Losers

6 posted on 03/28/2007 10:26:45 AM PDT by GMMAC (Discover Canada governed by Conservatives:
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Yes, that's a great article. Some more socialist conservatives I showed it to were highly offended by it. :)

7 posted on 03/29/2007 2:48:31 PM PDT by Sam Gamgee (May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't. - Patton)
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