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