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Helena Guergis sues PM Harper and Conservative Party

Helena Guergis tries to hold back her emotions while speaking to reporters at her campaign office in Collingwood, Ont., April 15. Guergis blamed Stephen Harper's office for a smear campaign that got her ousted from cabinet and caucus. Helena Guergis is suing Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Conservative Party of Canada over defamation and an alleged conspiracy plan to keep her out of Parliament.

 

Guergis alleges that she was removed from Parliament on he basis of unproven allegations which damaged her reputation and political career.

 

“The conspiracy engaged in by the defendants was effected to serve the defendants' political, personal and/or financial goals and not for any legitimate or lawful purpose,” reads the claim which was filed at the Ontario Superior Court.

 

Harper fired and completely kicked out Guergis in April 2010 citing that he received information that Guergis was involved in criminal conduct including allegations that there were pictures of her and her husband snorting cocaine. An RCMP investigation cleared her of all criminal allegations and no charges were ever laid.

 

With the criminal charges cleared, Harper refused to let her back into the Conservative Party, leaving her as an independent MP until she lost the riding of Simcoe Grey to Conservative replacement, Kellie Leitch.

 

Guergis is suing for $800,000 for general damages, $250,000 for punitive damages, and $250,000 for aggravated damages.

 

A spokesman for the Prime Minister’s Office, Carl Vallee charged that "the allegations are groundless and they will be refuted vigorously."

 

Guy Giorno said the claim is "an incoherent mix of fantasy, fabrication and fiction."

 

"I am embarrassed for her lawyer and sorry that Helena remains detached from reality."

 

Below is the claim stated by Helena Guergis to the Ontario Superior Court.