Justin Trudeau facing $1.5 million libel suit

Global News

OTTAWA – Justin Trudeau and his Ontario campaign co-chair are facing a $1.5 million libel suit from a would-be candidate who was barred from running for the Liberal party.

In a statement of claim filed in court Monday, lawyers for Christine Innes say the Liberal leader and David MacNaughton slandered her by falsely claiming she’d been blocked because of bullying and intimidation tactics used by her campaign.

They maintain the bullying allegations were a “smokescreen” to hide the real reason Innes was barred: Her refusal to promise she wouldn’t run against a hand-picked Trudeau star recruit, Toronto Centre MP Chrystia Freeland.

The statement of claim contains allegations not proven in court.

READ MORE: Liberal riding exec condemns Trudeau move to block candidate, seeks review

Liberal party national director Jeremy Broadhurst said Innes’ claim “is without merit and it will be defended vigorously.”

“We stand behind the campaign’s decision to red…

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