Tuesday, October 23, 2007

An Ontario Superior Court judge sides with a plaintiff against Harper

Very interesting:
Mr. Harper is being sued by Alan Riddell, a resident of Ottawa who spent about $50,000 on a candidacy for the Conservative Party before being told in late 2005 to make way for a better-known candidate.

Mr. Riddell agreed to move aside in favour of Allan Cutler - a bureaucrat who blew the whistle on fraudulent practices in Ottawa's advertising program - after striking a deal under which the Conservative Party agreed to pay his expenses. The issue became problematic when Mr. Riddell told the media he was to be compensated by the party - an assertion Mr. Harper denied.

"The party does not have an agreement to pay Mr. Riddell these expenses, and Mr. Riddell has not been paid anything to date," Mr. Harper told reporters in late 2005.

The matter went before the Superior Court and, earlier this year, Mr. Justice Denis Power ruled there was clear evidence that the Conservative Party and Mr. Riddell indeed had a deal.
According to an e-mail submitted during the hearing, Mr. Riddell estimated he was owed $50,000 for expenses incurred in running for the party.

Mr. Riddell is now alleging that "Harper's comments [on the absence of a deal] suggest that he is untruthful and that Harper's comments have damaged his reputation," according to this month's Superior Court ruling.

However, Mr. Riddell's lawsuit is stalled because Mr. Harper cannot be forced to appear for examination for discovery while he is an MP.
Looks like Mr. Riddell's day will come, he'll just have to wait for it. Justice Power has practically vindicated his case thus far...