Former Liberal volunteer George Laliberte sues lawyers
Seeks damages of $500K and the costs of defamation judgment
A Saskatoon man is taking his former lawyers to court, years after he defamed a Conservative MP.
George Laliberte was a volunteer for Liberal Party candidate Chris Axworthy in Saskatoon-Wanuskewin during the 2006 federal election campaign.
In June 2006, Axworthy's campaign manager allegedly asked Laliberte to phone a call-in program and ask Conservative MP Maurice Vellacott a number of questions. One of the questions, which had been given to Laliberte by the campaign manager, was false and defamatory.
In Febuary 2012, a court ruled Laliberte had defamed Vellacott .
Laliberte's lawyers never filed a third-party claim against the Liberal Party's campaign manager.
Today, documents were filed against McKercher LLP, Joel Hesje and Timothy Froese at Saskatoon's Queen's Bench court. Hesje was found guilty of conduct unbecoming a lawyer by the Law Society of Saskatchewan in 2013.
Laliberte is now seeking damages of $500,000, damages equivalent to the costs of the defamation judgment, and solicitor client costs.