Maverick MPP Randy Hillier says lawsuit by top Doug Ford aide is meant to silence him - 2019-06-14

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F132.png Maverick MPP Randy Hillier says lawsuit by top Doug Ford aide is meant to silence him June 14, 2019, Jeff Gray, Globe and Mail

Former Progressive Conservative MPP Randy Hillier says a $100,000 defamation lawsuit filed against him by Premier Doug Ford's chief of staff is a strategic move meant to silence his criticism of the Ontario government.

Mr. Hillier, who has sat as an independent since his suspension from the governing PC caucus in February, is locked in a legal battle with Dean French, the Premier's powerful chief of staff, over a series of social-media posts the maverick MPP made in April.

In a statement of defence filed on Thursday, Mr. Hillier's lawyer calls Mr. French's lawsuit evidence of a "vendetta" against his client and a frivolous case meant to quash his free speech: "It has been commenced with the intent of stopping Mr. Hillier from commenting publicly on matters of public interest and to insulate high-ranking government officials in the Province of Ontario from criticism."

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