Racknine says Pat Martin defamed company

Below are two letters of correspondence counsel for Racknine has sent to Pat Martin and the NDP complaining of defamation. It seems that Racknine and its CEO Matt Meier are only demanding an apology at this point.

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  • Rjhawkes

    NO True…MP’s are only protected in the House

  • Rjhawkes

    NO True…MP’s are only protected in the House

  • Ontario Girl

    CBC has reports of voter suppression complaints from the Conservative party in May during the election. Those calls were from an American area code and traced to a robocall co with Liberal ties. CBC hasn’t reported this info this time.
    Time to send this info to Ezra at Sun TV News…its the only station that deals with both sides.

    Good work Gabby from Quebec. Don’t forget the Liberal Joe Volpry story where himself and one of his helpers  were caught(the helper and Joe walking behind him) on video removing Green party  flyers from voters mailbox’s. Guess thats not voter suppression..what you don’t read won’t hurt you, I guess.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Hannity/100002110172482 Chris Hannity

    Analogous to MegaUpload not being liable for users uploading pirated TV shows / movies?

    Analogous to Napster not being liable for users sharing copyrighted music?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Hannity/100002110172482 Chris Hannity

    Interesting. I’ll gladly stand corrected if that’s the case; ‘qualified privilege’ (or ‘fair comment’ or ‘communication of public interest’) may also be valid defences? In any event, it seems absurd that an MP could be sued for defamation when (1) speaking in the context of public interest and (2) when the plaintiff has already publicly acknowledged they were involved in criminal activity. My presumption is the courts would take into consideration public interest and an MPs authority to speak to issues of public interest.

  • Liz J

     I concur with your analogy!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Hannity/100002110172482 Chris Hannity

    Interesting. Although the allegations in the BQ pamphlets strike me as being of a much more specific nature than what we have here: BQ specifically accuses Dion of orchestrating  and benefitting from the Sponsorship Scandal whereas the most contentious statement Pat Martin makes only refers to the “Racknine rascals”. My reading of Pat Martin’s press conference would suggest it is ambiguous as to whether he is referring to the company itself or to a rascally group of politicos who used Racknine. I would also argue that associating Racknine with the robocall scandal is fair commentary since the company’s phone servers were clearly used to commit criminal acts & its ‘absolved of any responsibility’ policies brought itself into disrepute. This case doesn’t strike me as having much merit and seems more akin to a SLAPP designed to silence critics.  

  • Anonymous

    Wow. More hand-waving and pointing than the entire Santa Claus parade.

  • Anonymous

    Open Letter to Prime Minister Harper:

    I have no confidence in a statement read by a spokesperson. I think you need to state for the record that you had no knowledge of these events and that you do not condone the acts. And then, to show your integrity, make those members in ridings that the misleading robocalls were made step down and hold by-elections with new pc candidates. And if those clowns had any integrity they’d pay the costs of the by-elections.

    The candidates may not have given the orders or been involved but they knew or ought to have known they happened.

    This has undermined the confidence of Canadians in our system as being a modern democratic system…with integrity…

    And I have to ask…did your party really need to stoop to such tactics ?

  • BAC91

    If someone commits a crime via the internet, is the ISP responsible for what its users do?

  • Eertf

    A little premature there ax.  How about waiting for an investigation.  The NDP also benefited greatly from a liberal loss.  Remember they beat the liberals to become the #2 party.  Many Strong Conservative supporter also received calls.  Seams like lots of random calls were made.

  • Liz J

    It’s really quite amazing the NDP, Pat Martin and company and Bob Rae, “acting” leader of the Liberals seem to have all the inside information and are blaming the Conservatives, otherwise they wouldn’t have a gotcha going.  Will the RCMP and EC be able to trace all the alleged illegal calls and come to a conclusion without leaving any doubt?

  • Claudia Lemire

    Forget about suing Pat martin, just vote this individual out. He is a disgrace , so vulgar.  I don’t care the party he belongs to or the issue, he is a person that I am not ok with him  representing Canada in any way, he is very offensive.

  • Anonymous

     How about the CPC  just say straight-up what calls they did/didn’t make? They just sacrificed a lamb let a junior staffer go, did Junior fess up to any of these calls, or what?

    or will the CPC just clam up (again), let their friends  like Mr Taylor lay down smoke and counter-attacks, and hope we forget by next election?

  • Anonymous

    The post above is written so badly it’s incoherent. 

  • DougM

     I think the media like Martin because they can always count on him to say something stupid/obscene.   Martin is too obtuse to know he’s being used. The old saw about “Better to be silent and thought a fool, than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt.”   Martin has make himself irrelevant.

  • DougM

    You clearly missed the Gomery Inquiry…

  • DougM

    Well, if those are the rules you want to play by, fine.  Lets extend them to their logical use shall we?   ADSCAM – all the Liberals who were in caucus at the time will have to step down of course, and report to Jail –  and hold new elections.   Coalition of the 3 Stooges? – Sorry, to attempt to overthrow a government a mere 6 weeks after the public has duly elected them – that’s treason.  Dirty Tricks indeed,  Thankfully they too will only have to go to jail – for life,  as the War Measure’s Act was amended some years back – before that they would have been stood up against a wall and shot.  The PM has stated he has no knowledge of the events every day this week – get with the program.  There is nothing that has undermined Canadian confidence in our system as much as the “Coalition”.  And is it dirty tactics?  Remember Stockwell Day and the way the Libs attacked him?  You ain’t seen nothing yet, bub. Shall we continue playing silly bugger? Stay off the serious blogs and go back to your Tinfoil hat brigade to share your delusions with them.

  • DougM

    Well, if those are the rules you want to play by, fine.  Lets extend them to their logical use shall we?   ADSCAM – all the Liberals who were in caucus at the time will have to step down of course, and report to Jail –  and hold new elections.   Coalition of the 3 Stooges? – Sorry, to attempt to overthrow a government a mere 6 weeks after the public has duly elected them – that’s treason.  Dirty Tricks indeed,  Thankfully they too will only have to go to jail – for life,  as the War Measure’s Act was amended some years back – before that they would have been stood up against a wall and shot.  The PM has stated he has no knowledge of the events every day this week – get with the program.  There is nothing that has undermined Canadian confidence in our system as much as the “Coalition”.  And is it dirty tactics?  Remember Stockwell Day and the way the Libs attacked him?  You ain’t seen nothing yet, bub. Shall we continue playing silly bugger? Stay off the serious blogs and go back to your Tinfoil hat brigade to share your delusions with them.

  • DougM

    Suing people who break Libel or slander laws is done in a place ruled by law.  In those places where they are not ruled by law – they manipulate or create laws and imprison them becuase they control the judges – ever been to Russia?   If you don’t know the difference, don’t pretend to enter adult debate.  And with your last name, you’re embarrassing me.

  • DougM

    Suing people who break Libel or slander laws is done in a place ruled by law.  In those places where they are not ruled by law – they manipulate or create laws and imprison them becuase they control the judges – ever been to Russia?   If you don’t know the difference, don’t pretend to enter adult debate.  And with your last name, you’re embarrassing me.

  • TheAxeman

    Your reply makes no sense. It’s merely an aggressive overeaction.

    Have another beer. Obviously that’s the philosophy you follow.

  • DougM

    Actually it makes perfect sense but you have to have the capacity to think laterally in order to see the reason in it.   I’ll type slower – If you want to make spurious and obtuse analogies about a political framework, you have to include all the participants of the political framework in order to support your contention.     Thus, the comparitive analogy.   If you had the slightest knowledge of the subject, you would have known that the PM has stood up in the House and categorically said neither he, nor the party, has any knowledge of the incident(s) in question – then you go and say

    “I think you need to state for the record that you had no knowledge of these events and that you do not condone the acts.”

    There are two obvious fallacy’s with your comment – first is the fact that you are demanding something that had already happened – the second fallacy is contained in the first two words of your quote.

    Given that all I did was take your own ridiculous hypothesis and extend it to others within the same political spectrum, if my reaction was an “aggressive overreaction” then by your own definition, so was yours.  And frankly, I don’t drink beer, I drink rum.  But it appears you amy want to cut back on your own consumption.    Anyhow, here’s a bit of help to get you out of your rut.

    fanatic

    fa·nat·ic [fuh-nat-ik]
    noun
    1.
    a person with an extreme and uncritical enthusiasm or zeal, as in religion or politics.  Implies unbalanced or obsessive behavior: a wild-eyed fanatic.

  • Guest

    As a non-partisan, it’s pretty amusing watching Cons and their supporters try to dance around this issue.  You can resort to the same hackneyed debates that plague Canadian politics, but it’s not going to help you. This government has got a REAL scandal racing through social discourse right now, and they’ve spent so much time attacking that they’ve forgotten how to defend.

    Where are the genius Conservative strategists now? Where’s the PR? The imbeciles that support this party regardless of its behaviour do not need convincing, but the rest of Canada will.

    Good luck with that.

  • DougM

     As a non-partisan, it’s pretty amusing watching Cons and their supporters try to dance around this issue.

    If you were a non-partisan, and in possession of even a borderline intellect, you would know that at this point, there is no issue – there is an investigation taking place by EC and the RCMP – what materializes may become an issue, and we can rest assured the media and opposition will do their best to make it into one.   Pretty hard to porve you were not involved with something, no?   As in; “When did you stop beating your wife?”