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|Posted: Mon Aug 27, 2018 7:47 am Post subject: did the Ontario ndp falsely smear a pc candidate ?
|( no one has really put much though into the June election but this former pc candidate is unhappy about an incident which occurred in scarborough and was widely reported in the media at the time . now it seems the entire alleged incident was fake and originated from a fake email account and little effort was put into verifying the story )
Former PC candidate launches bombshell dirty politics suit against Horwath, NDP
August 27, 2018
August 27, 2018 7:58 AM EDT
Toronto SUN ›
A former Ontario PC candidate who says he was falsely accused of sending a threatening email just days before the provincial election has launched a $2.45 million libel and defamation lawsuit against Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, his former employer Toronto Police Services and others, according to his statement of claim.
Roshan Nallaratnam’s bombshell lawsuit accuses Horwath, the NDP and others of engaging in a dirty tricks, “politically-motivated hit job” to turn voters against him in the hotly-contested Scarborough-Guildwood riding.
Just three days before the June 7 vote, the NDP issued a release accusing Nallaratnam, who was then a police officer, of sending an “ominous” email threat in response to “concerns from a voter about why he was avoiding debates.”
The email, made public by the New Democrats, stated “don’t do nasty campaign against me. I will teach the lesson after election” and despite Nallaratnam’s immediate denunciation of it as a fake, the allegation was widely publicized in media and on social media.
“Will Doug Ford denounce this unacceptable behaviour from his candidate, and demand Nallaratnam apologize for his abusive language and threat?” the NDP release asked.
Horwath, speaking at a campaign rally in Sarnia, said the allegation a police officer sent the email is “disturbing” and is “yet another example of a candidate of Mr. Ford’s whose behaviour…is questionable,” the lawsuit states.
Nallaratnam says despite his denial, within hours his campaign fell apart as volunteers questioned whether they should work for him and opponents distributed carefully clipped newspaper stories at voters’ doors.
Ontario PC leader Doug Ford speaks as candidate Roshan Nallaratnam (right) looks on on Monday, June 4, 2018. Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press)
Toronto police also publicly announced a professional standards investigation would be launched into the email threat, though that never happened according to the statement of claim. Nallaratnam subsequently lost the riding of Scarborough-Guildwood narrowly by just 74 votes to Liberal MPP Mitzie Hunter.
“Myself and my campaign team, we felt like you know what this is gone, this is taken, this is pretty much stolen from us,” Nallaratnam said. “This is a totally random email created under my name a few days before the election… This is the low level of politics we’re getting into… It changed the election outcome.”
His lawyer, Ted Frankel, said the actual writer of the email set up a phony account under Nallaratnam’s name, and the allegations were spread far and wide when the NDP sent out a news release linking the “star” PC candidate to the “threatening” email, and after Horwath publicly called on PC Leader Doug Ford to denounce him.
”This is more than just political debate or political speech,” Frankel said. “It’s something that’s particularly nasty and I think that any reasonable political actor in this day and age would have done some kind of investigation, research or due diligence before going public with something that could be so damaging and could undermine not only someone’s political career but their life as well.”
William McDowell, a lawyer representing the Ontario NDP, said Horwath and the political party will defend the lawsuit.
Roshan Nallaratnam (Dave Abel/Toronto Sun)
“We have just been retained and are taking some time to prepare the statement of defence. In the meantime, we have no further comment.,” McDowell said in an email.
The Toronto Police Service added further weight to the accusation against Nallaratnam when a spokesperson announced a professional standards investigation was underway, says the statement of claim, which has not been proven in court.
“Contrary to the TPS’ s purported confirmation of a professional standards investigation, the TPS has not commenced, conducted, or concluded a professional standards investigation into Nallaratnam’s’ conduct regarding the email or any related events,” the statement of claim says.
Mark Pugash, a spokesperson for Toronto Police Services, confirmed the service had been served with the lawsuit but that no further comment was available.
The Toronto Sun was unable to reach two men also named in the lawsuit — the alleged author of the email and a blogger who the statement of claim says posted it on his Liberal-friendly Facebook page.
The incident had a traumatic effect on Nallaratnam, who quit the police service shortly after, and his family and standing in the community, Frankel said.
“If you Google my name, the only things you can see are negative,” Nallaratnam said. “But before this election it was all positive because I do a lot of work with youth, I do a lot of mentorship programs… very recognized in the community.”
On June 4, the NDP sent the following statement to various media outlets:
“Alleged threats by Ford’s star candidate in Scarborough
In response to concerns from a voter about why he was avoiding debates, Doug Ford’s star candidate in Scarborough-Guildwood, Roshan Nallaratnam, called the Tamil
community member a f–ker and threatened to “teach the lesson” following the election campaign.
Nallaratnam’s comments were made in a threatening email sent to 96 people — many from the Tamil community.
The ominous threat is even more chilling given that Nallaratnam is a Toronto Police Officer.
Will Doug Ford denounce this unacceptable behaviour from his candidate, and demand Nallaratnam apologize for his abusive language and threat?
Attached to the NDP release was an email allegedly sent by “Roshan Nallaratnam [mailto:email@example.com]” date-stamped May 30,2018 at 9:35 pm that stated:
“F–ker don’t do nasty campaign against me. I will teach the lesson after election