Musings —09.14.2017 07:30 AM—
Wynne’s lawyers served legal notice to the PC leader, demanding an apology for suggesting Wynne is “standing trial.” In fact, it is the alleged actions of Liberal backbenchers in the lead-up to a byelection in Sudbury in 2015 that are being questioned. Wynne is considered a witness in the case and testified in a courtroom for hours Wednesday.
“In fact,” CP24, before you get all lecture-y about “facts,” you need to get this “fact” right: no “backbencher,” of any affiliation, is on trial in Sudbury. None. It’s Wynne’s advisors Pat Sorbara and Gerry Lougheed. They’re not backbenchers.
I really like both Kathleen Wynne and her lawyer Jack Siegel, but I’d advise them against taking this much further. Brown clearly misspoke, to be sure, but then he clearly corrected his error a few minutes later. If they pursue it, they just keep reminding everyone about what is going on in a Sudbury courtroom, and they open themselves up to a painful civil discovery process. Which never ends well.
It’s eight months or so until the writ is dropped. Get ready for more of this kind of stuff. If Ipsos is to be believed, it’s Tories 39, Grits 32 and Dippers 22, with a pretty substantial desire for change.
That may not be a “fact,” either, but it certainly suggests to me that the parties aren’t far apart – and that’s why the legal demand letters are flying this week.