Ontario PCs will defend themselves in Wynne's libel suit

Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak along with energy critic Lisa MacLeod address...

Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak along with energy critic Lisa MacLeod address media at Queen Park on March 27, 2014. (Michael Peake/QMI Agency)

Antonella Artuso, Queen's Park Bureau Chief

, Last Updated: 6:59 PM ET

TORONTO - Ontario Progressive Conservatives intend to "vigorously defend themselves" in a $2 million libel lawsuit launched by Premier Kathleen Wynne.

"We've been very clear ─ no apology," said PC MPP Lisa MacLeod, who was named in the suit along with PC Leader Tim Hudak. "We will defend ourselves. We believe we're on the right side. We believe what we said. We stand by our comments."

Robert Rueter, lawyer for Hudak and MacLeod, said in a letter to Wynne's lawyer Mark Freiman Thursday that the comments made by his clients did not constitute actionable defamation and fell within the recognized privileges protecting freedom of speech.

The dispute stems from comments made by MacLeod and Hudak after the public release of an OPP Information to Obtain (ITO) that alleges criminal activity in the possible wiping of computer records in the office of former premier Dalton McGuinty.


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