O’Regan accused Veteran Sean Bruyea of lying. Except, Bruyea was telling the truth.
Seamus O’Regan is being sued.
Ontario’s top court ruled that Veterans’ Activist Sean Bruyea can move forward with his defamation lawsuit, reversing a decision by a small claims court that had blocked the suit from proceeding.
Bruyea, a Veteran himself, was accused by O’Regan of lying in his criticism of the so-called ‘Pension for Life’ brought in by the Liberals.
O’Regan – who was Veterans Affairs Minster at the time – even said Bruyea was ‘lying to suit his personal agenda,’ as noted by the CP.
However, Bruyea’s criticisms proved to be correct, and many wondered why – even if O’Regan disagreed with Bruyea – would a Veterans Affairs Minister go out of his way to personally target and attack a Canadian Veteran?
Now, the $25,000 lawsuit can proceed.
Bruyea spoke following the ruling:
“Bringing these technical motions in small claims court is frankly abusive and detracts from the real case at hand. A powerful government with endless resources should not be permitted to inundate individual Canadians with complex legal motions in order to avoid dealing with the merits of the defamation case.”
O’Regan has said he is looking into the ruling, issuing a statement where he claimed there were ‘difficult’ conversations with Veterans.
O’Regan was widely criticized while in the Veterans Affairs role, as he often seemed totally out-to-lunch and oblivious to the realities of the file he was tasked with.
At one point, he appallingly compared leaving journalism to the struggles faced by Veterans leaving the military.
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