Pat Martin has been unusually quiet since the $5 million defamation suit was filed against him by RackNine over the Robocalls affair.
An abject public apology by the NDP's talkative MP, Pat Martin, has failed to fend off a $5 million lawsuit by the president of Edmonton automated calls firm RackNine.
Asked Friday if the lawsuit is going ahead anyway, Matt Meier's lawyer, Justin Matthews of Edmonton, said, "Yes."
In a new court filing, Matthews cites what he calls "exceptionally inflammatory and sensationalistic" defamation and "ongoing malice" by the New Democratic Party and its much-quoted MP from Winnipeg Centre.
Meier's company, RackNine, wants the NDP and Martin to pay $5 million in damages for saying that "RackNine rascals" helped the Conservatives to mislead voters with bogus robocalls in the May 2011 election.
And Martin took to the interweb thingie pleading for donors to help him out with his legal fees to fight the defamation case..
Martin has launched a website, Patmartindefencefund.ca, to solicit $250,000 in donations to fight the suit. In February, Martin repeatedly attacked Matt Meier and RackNine in the media and on national TV, calling the company “rascals” and “goons,” and accusing it of making “hundreds of thousands of phoney phone calls” that were part of a “massive conspiracy to defraud the electoral system.”
Martin apologized on April 16, admitting that RackNine was a legitimate automated call service and “an innocent intermediary” in any fraudulent robocalls.
“I singled out a private individual, Mr. Matt Meier, along with his business, RackNine Inc., and I wrongfully accused them of being part of a conspiracy to commit electoral fraud,” an unusually contrite Martin said at the time.
“I now know that the statements I made insinuating Mr. Meier’s and RackNine’s participation in an electoral fraud conspiracy were wholly and unequivocally false.”
Martin also offered penance on behalf of the NDP for related statements made on the party website.http://www.intellige...alls-libel-suit
But it looks like all that leftist fury and angst has been pent up and needed to be released - over the funding of children at risk centre project in Winnipeg and the fact that those dastardly Conservatives chose to not invite him to the announcement ceremony.
You know the same project that Martin had previously attacked. In 2010, Martin described public investment in the centre for at-risk youth as "taxpayer-funded proselytization," according to the Winnipeg Free Press.
And a sampling of Martin's latest tweets on his non-invitation to the funding announcement - note the reference to the CPC as "rat faced whores". :laugh:
NDP MP Pat Martin took to Twitter last night to express his displeasure with a local infrastructure project and the Minister of Public Safety.
First Nations were concerned ‘Youth for Christ’ would try to steal their children’s souls. Now building is empty…Vic Toews big project.
All the $oney for inner city youth went to USA Youth for Christ. Big building, no benefit. Vic Toews Mr family values. What gives?
All the money for inner city youth went to ‘Youth For Christ’, who are Vic Toews’ donors and buddies, now the bldg is all but empty.
Listen, I would never judge someone who screwed their babysitter for years or knocked up their secretary, so don’t ask me to. Respect…
Not sure the public really knows their Minister of Public Safety who forgot to invite me to announcement in my risding AGAIN!!! RFW
Next time I’m bringing my own folding chair if the Minister ‘forgets’ to invite me to his spending announcements in my riding. Arrogance
When Vic gave the USA Youth for Christ ALL the money for inner city youth, FN’s said they don’t want people to ‘steal their chldn’s souls’
These are truly bad people.They won their razor thin majority by cheating; Robocalls and who knows what else. American style dirty tricks.
@CTVMercedes I’m not ‘worked up’ so much as ‘fed up’ with the rat faced whores in the CPC who neglect to invite me to ancemnts in my riding
Look…Given the parliamentary session we’ve just endured, the term ‘rat faced whores’ is using a great deal of restraint…
Pat Martin we have missed your complete and utter wackiness. Welcome back.
Oh yeah and just some pro bono (aka free) legal advice... while you have parliamentary privilege and cannot be sued for remarks made in the House of Commons, the same is not true for tweets and other statements made outside the House. It seems you failed to learn that lesson in the RackNine affair.
Edited by Wetcoaster, 20 December 2012 - 01:12 PM.