MP Pat Martin fundraising for 'robocalls' libel suit

NDP MP Pat Martin speaks to the media at the National Press Gallery in Ottawa, Nov. 3, 2011. (Andre...

NDP MP Pat Martin speaks to the media at the National Press Gallery in Ottawa, Nov. 3, 2011. (Andre Forget/QMI Agency)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:13 PM ET

WINNIPEG -- Winnipeg MP Pat Martin needs help.

He’s being sued for libel after accusing an Alberta company of involvement in last year’s robocall affair.

Martin has launched a website, Patmartindefencefund.ca, to solicit $250,000 in donations to fight the suit. In February, Martin repeatedly attacked Matt Meier and RackNine in the media and on national TV, calling the company “rascals” and “goons,” and accusing it of making “hundreds of thousands of phoney phone calls” that were part of a “massive conspiracy to defraud the electoral system.”

Martin apologized on April 16, admitting that RackNine was a legitimate automated call service and “an innocent intermediary” in any fraudulent robocalls.

“I singled out a private individual, Mr. Matt Meier, along with his business, RackNine Inc., and I wrongfully accused them of being part of a conspiracy to commit electoral fraud,” an unusually contrite Martin said at the time.

“I now know that the statements I made insinuating Mr. Meier’s and RackNine’s participation in an electoral fraud conspiracy were wholly and unequivocally false.”

Martin also offered penance on behalf of the NDP for related statements made on the party website.

In March, Martin published an online apology to an Ontario company, Responsive Marketing Group Inc., for statements made in an another TV interview.

The controversy over automated phone calls during last year’s general election came to light after residents in Guelph, Ont., began complaining that they’d received robocalls informing them their voting station had changed.


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