Friday, August 7, 2015

Ontario cabinet minister Michael Chan sues Globe and Mail for $4.55 million

Ontario cabinet minister Michael Chan is launching a $4.55 million libel suit against the Globe and Mail over stories suggesting he is a risk to national security because of his ties to China, the Star reports.
In a 27-page statement of claim released Friday, Chan said he is seeking to clear his name after the newspaper refused last month to retract its articles, including one that cited concerns about his rapport with a former Chinese consul-general in Toronto.
Any proceeds would go to PEN Canada, a non-profit organization that champions freedom of expression for writers, and the Markham-Stouffville Hospital Foundation, said Chan, who represents Markham-Unionville in the legislature and is Premier Kathleen Wynne’s minister of citizenship, immigration and international trade. Globe officials could not immediately be reached for comment but editor-in-chief David Walmsley said in June that “we stand by the stories.”

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