OTTAWA - Justin Trudeau and his Ontario campaign co-chair, David MacNaughton, are facing a $1.5 million libel suit from a would-be candidate who was barred from running for the Liberal party.
In a statement of claim filed in court today, lawyers for Christine Innes say the Liberal leader and MacNaughton slandered her by falsely claiming she'd been blocked because of bullying and intimidation tactics used by her campaign.
The statement of claim contains allegations not proven in court.
Innes had wanted to run for the Liberals in the pending byelection in Toronto's Trinity-Spadina, which became vacant last month when New Democrat MP Olivia Chow resigned to run for mayor in Toronto.
MacNaughton informed her last month that she would not be allowed to seek the byelection nomination or a nomination in any riding for the 2015 general election.
Trinity-Spadina will cease to exist in 2015, due to redistribution that will hive off chunks of the riding into three new downtown Toronto ridings.
Innes maintains the real reason she's been barred is her refusal not to run for the 2015 nomination in University-Rosedale, where newly-elected Toronto Centre MP Chrystia Freeland.