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Kathleen Wynne threatens legal action after 'defamatory' Patrick Brown statement

Kathleen Wynne threatens legal action after 'defamatory' Patrick Brown statement
From CBC - September 13, 2017

The legal team representing Kathleen Wynne is demandingan apology from Progressive Conservative leader Patrick Brown over an allegedly "defamatory" statement about the premier's participation in the Sudbury byelection scandal trial.

While speaking to reporters at Queen's Park on Tuesday, Brown was asked by CBC Toronto's MikeCrawleywhy he did not specifically ask about the bribery scandal during question period.

"I hope that the premier will give us answers, we are not getting them in the legislature, maybe when she stands trial," Brown responded.

In a letter addressed to Brown obtained by CBC Toronto, Wynne's lawyer Jack B. Siegel took issue with Brown's use of the phrase "when she stands trial."

"Contrary to your statement, Premier Wynne is not standing trial. Your statement is false and misleading and appears to have been made with the intention to harm the reputation of Ms. Wynne," Siegel wrote, adding that Wynne is not subject to any charges in the trial.

Three demands

In the letter, Siegel makes three demands that Brown must fulfill by 5 p.m. Thursday. They include:

If the demands are not met, Siegel says Wynne will take "whatever steps are necessary and appropriate to vindicate her reputation and to enforce her legal rights to the full extent of the law."

Brown responds

Precedent for a legal battle

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