TORONTO – Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne took the next step Tuesday in her libel suit against the province’s Opposition leader, filing a statement of claim seeking $2 million in damages.
The libel suit stems from Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak’s comments late last month suggesting that Wynne “oversaw and possibly ordered the criminal destruction of documents” and that criminal conduct took place in her office.
“These allegations and accusations are false and utterly unsupported, and you ought to know it,” Wynne wrote in an open letter to Hudak on March 30, threatening legal action if he didn’t apologize and retract the comments.
The statement of claim asks for $1 million for “general damages for defamation,” $500,000 for “aggravated damages,” $500,000 for “punitive damages plus costs.”
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