BPC Bulletin: Maxime Bernier v. Warren Kinsella

News Reports and Commentary Selected by Franklin Carter of the Book and Periodical Council’s Freedom of Expression Committee.


In Ontario, a judge has dismissed the defamation lawsuit of Maxime Bernier, the leader of the People’s Party of Canada, against Warren Kinsella, a political columnist and strategist.

Bernier had tried to sue Kinsella over comments that portrayed the PPC leader as a racist, a misogynist and anti-Semitic before Canada’s election in 2019.

In a ruling published on November 10, 2021, Justice Calum MacLeod of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice dismissed the lawsuit as a SLAPP.


In The Globe and Mail, Bill Curry reports:

Judge dismisses Maxime Bernier’s defamation case against Warren Kinsella over Project Cactus campaign - The Globe and Mail

Joan Bryden and Canadian Press staff report:

PPC: Bernier loses defamation fight | CTV News

Nick Boisvert of CBC News reports:

Maxime Bernier's defamation lawsuit against political pundit dismissed by Ontario court | CBC News


In a press release, the Daisy Consulting Group comments:

Maxime Bernier Loses Again (newswire.ca)


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