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Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne has published an open letter to Ontario Conservative Party leader Tim Hudak calling for him to cease and desist in making false and defamatory accusations about her or face a libel charge in court. Being called to account in this manner for lying is rare in the political arena.

Dear Mr. Hudak,

During your press conference on March 27th you made several false, misleading and defamatory allegations about me. You alleged that I personally "oversaw and possibly ordered the criminal destruction of documents" and that criminal conduct took place in my office. The Ontario Progressive Conservative Party repeated these false allegations on its website and in a public mailing.

These allegations and accusations are false and utterly unsupported, and you ought to know it.

As political leaders it is our role and public duty to engage in spirited political debate on issues. The decision to relocate the gas plants and the facts related to the ongoing police investigation are legitimate subjects for this political debate. False, misleading and defamatory statements are not, and they represent the worst kind of politics. That is why I am writing this open letter to you.

There should be no tolerance for false and defamatory accusations as a means to gain political power.

I am asking you and your caucus to immediately stop repeating these untrue statements and to immediately remove them from the PC Party website and all other communications.

I have sought and obtained legal advice regarding your comments, and if steps are not taken immediately, I will have no choice but to take all necessary and appropriate steps to ensure your false statements are corrected.

Kathleen Wynne
Premier of Ontario

Quote by Tim Hudak, March 27, 2014, 2:45 p.m.

Media: "Would you be willing to [inaudible] confidence motion with the budget to force an election, or do you think that - are you prepared to sort of work with the NDP to bring about a fall of the government even sooner?"

PC Leader Tim Hudak: "I think that's a question for Andrea Horwath. I mean, we - it's black and white to me. This is more Kathleen Wynne's scandal than Dalton McGuinty's now. She oversaw and possibly ordered the criminal destruction of documents to cover up the gas plant scandal. I mean, what more do you need than to change government?"


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