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1 Will this shut up pat martin? on Sat Mar 03, 2012 8:15 am

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By Meagan Fitzpatrick, CBC News

RackNine Inc. and its chief executive officer Matt Meier have followed through on an earlier threat and served NDP MP Pat Martin and his party with a $5-million lawsuit Friday.

The Edmonton-based call centre company that is part of the ongoing election calls controversy is suing for defamation, claiming that multiple comments made by Martin, and published by the NDP on its website, demonstrated malice and caused the company to lose business.

RackNine is co-operating with an Elections Canada investigation into suspicious automated phone calls made to voters in Guelph in the last election. The company, which was hired by several candidates for voter outreach, is itself not under investigation.

The statement of claim says that Martin began speaking defamatory words about the company on Feb. 23 at a news conference in Ottawa.

"Martin's words were defamatory, and, in the very least, carried the innuendo that Meier and/or RackNine had committed criminal activity, fraudulent activity, participated in a conspiracy, intimidation, sabotage and/or deceit," the claim says.

"RackNine rascals," "young punks," and "Edmonton hillbillies" were some of the terms Martin used in relation to the company.

According to the lawsuit, Martin made more defamatory remarks later that day when he appeared on CBC's Power & Politics with host Evan Solomon, and on CTV's political talk show, Power Play.

Meier is claiming the NDP published defamatory statements on its website and as a result has named the Official Opposition in the $5-million lawsuit.

He sent letters to Martin and the NDP immediately, asking that an apology be delivered and the statements retracted. But they continued to defame the company and its chief executive owner and Martin had indicated that he had no intention of apologizing, according to Friday's statement of claim.

Meier alleges that the defamatory statements have caused him and his company to be "shunned, avoided, and exposed to hatred, contempt and ridicule" and that Martin and the NDP purposefully tried to maximize the damage to RackNine.

The lawsuit was filed in Edmonton and is seeking:

General damages of $500,000.
Aggravated damages of $2,000,000.
Special damages for lost business income of $2,500,000.
Punitive damages to be set by the court.
Martin and the NDP have one month to respond to the lawsuit.

The Winnipeg MP, who is known for his sharp tongue, said he met with his lawyer Friday to prepare a response to RackNine's original letter asking for an apology. Then he was served with the lawsuit.

Martin told CBC he is "disappointed" that RackNine would "pull the trigger before they'd even seen the response to their original complaint."

"Classic libel-chill slap-suit tactic I guess. How to silence someone with your chequebook," Martin wrote in an email.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/story/2012/03/02/pol-racknine-sues-ndp.html


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2 Re: Will this shut up pat martin? on Sat Mar 03, 2012 8:17 am

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I hope this suit helps that arrogant tool learn a little humility. But there is almost zero chance that'll happen.


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3 Re: Will this shut up pat martin? on Sat Mar 03, 2012 9:53 am

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In Canada one has to prove the damages. This lwsuit will probably get the company more business from Harper's Conservatives and therefore will fail.

I notive that the cost to file was paid for by the Conservative Party of Alberta!

This whole issue is alot deeper than one can imagine.

A friend of my wife, a Liberal remember getting many annoying calls supposedly from the Liberal party. She doesn't take a paper or watch TV, and was unaware of all the hullabahoo over this situation, when they went out for lunch this wek.

This person lives in St James , where Stephen Fletcher usually has a small 23,000,000 majority!


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4 Re: Will this shut up pat martin? on Sat Mar 03, 2012 1:25 pm

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I guess pat forgot that only stuff said in the house is protected from him being sued

I love the whole... welll golly gee I was gonaa respond honest I was...line... if you cant apologize without consulting a lawyer..dont talk without consulting a lawyer


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5 Re: Will this shut up pat martin? on Sat Mar 03, 2012 11:03 pm

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I liked the "Edmonton Hillbillies" comment myself.

6 Re: Will this shut up pat martin? on Sun Mar 04, 2012 12:06 am

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Man you guys are tooooooo funny. Got your panties in a not over Pat Martin calling a spade a spade but not one single comment on this site about::

C-10, C-11, C-30, Vic Toews calling most Canadian's child pornographers, the fact that Vic is a MASSIVE hypocrite, the hypocrisy of Stpehen Harper and Toews being outraged at Vikileaks realeasing PUBLIC information when they want to see your PRIVATE info without a warrant, oh and that little Robocalls scandal which so far only 31,000 people have complained to Elections Canada about. Oh but don't worry about that last one, they'll make sure all the evidence is destroyed before Elections Canada shows up not like most of the companies implicated aren't owned by CPC supporters or anything. I'm positive we'll get right to the bottom of it in no time....ah ha ah ha.



Ya you guys have your priorities straight alright. Keep drinking the Reformacon kool-aid. The fact that it's becomng apparent that they are using every Teabagger dirty trick in the book is no big deal eh? It's all about the economy stupid, to hell with democracy and morals.



No wonder I stopped posting here lol.

7 Re: Will this shut up pat martin? on Sun Mar 04, 2012 9:02 am

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Why didn't ya come back to discuss the bill then?

Whatever, if you'd have really bothered to look you would have found criticism about the bill and about toews.

However I don't think that was your prime objective in posting.


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8 Re: Will this shut up pat martin? on Mon Mar 05, 2012 10:02 am

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grumpyrom wrote:No wonder I stopped posting here lol.



So, then why didn't you?

9 Re: Will this shut up pat martin? on Mon Mar 05, 2012 10:03 am

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In answer to the question....no.

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