The lawsuit, filed in an Ottawa court Thursday, comes after a lengthy period in which Guergis publicly complained she had been mistreated by her former boss and political colleagues. Now, as the plaintiff in a civil lawsuit, she is seeking compensation for damage she alleges those actions inflicted on her public reputation. The voters have made their minds up on Helena Guergis. Among those sued along with Harper are two of his senior aides, a Conservative party lawyer, a private investigator who came forward with an allegation about the conduct of Guergis, and two Tory MPs.
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The subject who is truly loyal to the Chief Magistrate will neither advise nor submit to arbitrary measures. No longer in caucus or a member of the Conservative Party, Helena Guergis gives an interview while running as an independent in her Ontario riding of Simcoe-Grey on April 7, This article was published more than 8 years ago. Some information in it may no longer be current. A host of officials including Prime Minister Stephen Harper were involved in a "conspiracy" to remove Helena Guergis from cabinet and the Conservative caucus, a defamation suit filed Thursday by the former Ontario MP alleges.
The allegations — that Ms. Guergis was removed based on unproven allegations, damaging her reputation and political career — are contained in a statement of claim filed with the Ontario Superior Court. Harper fired Ms. Guergis from cabinet and kicked her out of the Conservative caucus in April He cited information he had received involving allegations of criminal conduct and referred the matter to the RCMP.
Harper did not provide any details of the allegations to Ms. Guergis, according to the documents. The allegations were part of information that private investigator Derek Snowdy provided to Arthur Hamilton, a Conservative Party lawyer, and passed on to the prime minister's office, the statement alleges.
Both men are also named in the lawsuit along with the party and Mr. Hamilton's Toronto law firm. The police investigation cleared Ms. Guergis of any wrongdoing and no charges were ever laid. Guergis was never admitted back into the Conservative fold. The claims contained in the documents have not been proven in court and no statement of defence has been filed, but the prime minister's office calls the allegations groundless.
Raitt, and two men who were senior aides to Mr. Harper at the time, Guy Giorno and Ray Novak. The suit also alleges that in the months prior to Ms. Guergis being kicked out of the party, Mr. Harper, Ms. Raitt, Ms. Glover and their aides started to exclude her from cabinet and caucus activities. Guergis's husband, former Alberta Conservative MP Rahim Jaffer, came under scrutiny for his activities as a lobbyist after he lost his Edmonton seat in He also made headlines when an associate had bragged to friends that Mr.
Jaffer could open doors in Ottawa to potential clients. Filings to a House of Commons committee revealed Mr. Jaffer had been using one of his wife's parliamentary e-mail addresses, a room in her office, and had even handed out an old MP's business card to some prospective clients. Jaffer insisted he had only ever approached government officials for information about different funding envelopes. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff. Non-subscribers can read and sort comments but will not be able to engage with them in any way.
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Helena Guergis sues Stephen Harper over ejection from the Tory caucus
The subject who is truly loyal to the Chief Magistrate will neither advise nor submit to arbitrary measures. No longer in caucus or a member of the Conservative Party, Helena Guergis gives an interview while running as an independent in her Ontario riding of Simcoe-Grey on April 7, This article was published more than 8 years ago. Some information in it may no longer be current. A host of officials including Prime Minister Stephen Harper were involved in a "conspiracy" to remove Helena Guergis from cabinet and the Conservative caucus, a defamation suit filed Thursday by the former Ontario MP alleges. The allegations — that Ms.
The rule for spies is usually to be as clandestine and subtle as possible when seeking to acquire delicate information. Jaffer, by contrast, used his own name and an MP email address to go on permanent record with very direct requests for specific details — none of which he seems to have obtained. John LeCarre would weep. Jaffer appears, in other words, to be as successful as a secret agent as he was at generating cash for himself through government green energy contracts. Read full column.
Guergis awarded $48K in court claims against Conservative Party lawyers
Helena C. Soon after starting her parliamentary career, she became involved in several controversial situations, and these increased with time in both number and severity. Guergis was forced to resign from the Cabinet of Canada and leave the Conservative Party caucus on April 9, , pending a Royal Canadian Mounted Police investigation into "serious" but unspecified allegations regarding her conduct. She applied unsuccessfully for reinstatement to the Tory caucus. On December 22, , Guergis launched a defamation lawsuit against Prime Minister Stephen Harper and several other people and organizations, including the federal Conservative Party, filed in Ontario Superior Court, over accusations of unfair and malicious treatment causing damage to her political career and reputation.
Helena Guergis lawsuit against Stephen Harper ‘gibberish’, lawyer says