British Columbia·CITY VOTES 2014

Robertson, Meggs launch defamation suit against LaPointe, NPA for attack ads

Vision Vancouver's Gregor Robertson and Geoff Meggs have launched a defamation lawsuit against Kirk LaPointe and the Non-Partisan Association, claiming that recent attack ads contain false and defamatory statements.

Vancouver's mayoralty race now a legal fight, too, as Nov. 15 vote looms

Two Vision Vancouver candidates claim the NPA is running a false an deliberate campaign to discredit them in its election attack ads 1:41

The political battle between two mayoral candidates in Vancouver is shifting from the soapbox to the courthouse.

Incumbents Mayor Gregor Robertson and Coun. Geoff Meggs have filed a defamation lawsuit against former journalist Kirk LaPointe who hopes to take the city's top job in the Nov. 15 civic election.

A news release from Vision Vancouver, the political party of Robertson and Meggs, claims LaPointe and his Non-Partisan Association have been running ads that contain false and defamatory words and they want a retraction, damages and the ads pulled from TV and radio.

Incumbent Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson, left, claims election attack ads by mayoral candidate Kirk LaPointe, right, contain false and defamatory statements. (CBC)

LaPointe's political party responded by calling the lawsuit an attempt to stop the party's criticism of Vision's record and behaviour.

The NPA news release says the party recognizes intimidation by lawsuit as a typical tactic of Robertson and Vision and the legal action can now be added to the countless, time-consuming lawsuits involving community groups and individuals across the city.

The NPA says its legal team is reviewing the court action and LaPointe is expected to respond on Friday.

With files from CBC News

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