Guergis launches lawsuit against Harper

Former MP sues Prime Minister Harper, the Conservative Party of Canada, and several individuals

Former Conservative MP Helena Guergis has launched a court action in Ontario’s Superior Court of Justice, suing Prime Minister Stephen Harper and several others for defamation, conspiracy, intentional infliction of mental suffering and negligence. According to a statement of claim obtained by CBC, Guergis’s suit seeks general damages of $800,000 plus punitive damages of $250,000 and aggravated damages of $250,000. Guergis had to leave the Conservative caucus in April of 2010 following allegations against her and her husband, former MP Rahim Jaffer. Guergis was not charged and was cleared by the RCMP. A spokesperson for the Prime Minister’s Office called Guergis’s claim “groundless.”