If you cross politics with a soap opera, you get something that looks like this.
OTTAWA - The lawyer representing Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Wednesday a lawsuit filed by former Conservative MP Helena Guergis “is just plain bad.”
Government lawyers argued Wednesday why the lawsuit brought against Harper and others should be tossed.
Lawyer Robert Staley, representing Harper, said Guergis’ claim contains “very few material facts,” conflicting allegations and is generally based on guesses and assumptions.
“This is just plain bad,” Staley said of the claim.
The civil suit, which Guergis filed in December, makes allegations of conspiracy, misfeasance, defamation, negligence and infliction of mental suffering against the prime minister, the Conservative Party, Labour Minister Lisa Raitt and Conservative MP Shelley Glover, among others.
Harper filed a motion in May to have the lawsuit dismissed. The motion argued Guergis had “no reasonable cause of action” because nothing in her claim was subject to judicial process.
Harper’s lawyer made a similar argument Wednesday, explaining that decisions of who becomes a cabinet member and who doesn’t are made at the sole discretion of the prime minister and protected by Crown prerogative and parliamentary privilege.
You don’t have a right to keep your job as minister. Ministers serve at the pleasure of the prime minister, and that’s all there is to it. It’s not a perfect system. But it sure beats having courts second-guess every cabinet shuffle.
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