MP Cooper threatens to sue The Hill Times over column on House Justice Committee exchange; denies reading from Christchurch shooter's manifesto - 2019-06-24
Conservative MP Michael Cooper, who is threatening to sue The Hill Times for defamation over an opinion column that strongly criticized his remarks to a witness during a House Justice Committee meeting on the Hill late last month, also denies that he read from the Christchurch shooter's manifesto during that meeting.
A law firm hired by Mr. Cooper (St. Albert-Edmonton, Alta.) notified The Hill Times on June 12 that, "legal action is now being contemplated" over the column by human rights activist Farheed Khan that ran online on June 7 in The Hill Times with the headline, "Scheer's speech on diversity doesn't match his actions."
The law firm, Alberta's Guardian Law Group, said Mr. Khan's column had defamed Mr. Cooper under Alberta law by saying Mr. Cooper had a "hostile and bigoted" reaction to Alberta Muslim Public Affairs Council president Faisal Khan Suri, when Mr. Suri testified in front of the House Justice Committee on May 28.