Thanks to Blogging Tories’ Stephen Taylor, we have learned that two firms contracted by the Conservative Party of Canada during the last federal election, RackNine Inc. and Campaign Research Inc., have served a Notice of Libel pursuant to s.5(1) of the Libel and Slander Act on the NDP’s Winnipeg Centre member of parliament, Pat Martin.
Legislators can slander with impunity (parliamentary immunity) during parliamentary proceedings. Once outside the House, however, they are subject to the laws of the land like everyone else.
Pat Martin has been especially imprudent when discussing the so-called robo-call affair, and he is well-known for his “colourful”—sometimes vulgar—media quotes. He is listed on his web site as NDP Critic of the Canadian Wheat Board, and he seems to crave more media attention than he’s likely to get with such a junior post.
It’ll be fun to see how this bully weasels out of this one.