Ontario Premier's chief of staff goes ahead with libel suit against former PC MPP Hillier - 2019-06-11

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F132.png Ontario Premier's chief of staff goes ahead with libel suit against former PC MPP Hillier June 11, 2019, Jeff Gray, Globe and Mail

Ontario Premier Doug Ford's chief of staff, Dean French, has made good on a threat to launch a defamation lawsuit over posts made on social media by Randy Hillier, the maverick MPP ejected from the governing Progressive Conservative caucus.

In a statement of claim filed in court, Mr. French alleges the long-time Eastern Ontario MPP has "narcissistically attempted to portray himself as some type of victim or crusader" in a "baseless" campaign against Mr. French that is "fueled by a misguided personal vendetta and grudge", and aims to make the Premier's key aide a "scapegoat" for Mr. Hillier's exile from caucus. None of the allegations have been tested in court.

Mr. French's court filing says he is seeking $100,000 from Mr. Hillier in damages. But the document pledges that Mr. French would donate any award to a Big Brothers and Big Sisters charity in the MPP's riding.

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{{cite news | first = Jeff | last = Gray | title = Ontario Premier's chief of staff goes ahead with libel suit against former PC MPP Hillier | url = https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-ontario-premiers-chief-of-staff-goes-ahead-with-libel-suit-against/ | work = Globe and Mail | date = June 11, 2019 | accessdate = June 12, 2019 }}