By ordering a woman to pay $ 6,000 to a former Conservative Party of Canada candidate for making defamatory comments on Facebook, a judge recalled that even a public figure has the right to respect his reputation and his personal life.
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“Two years have passed since you, the father of my children and you, humiliated me, humiliated me, made my life so much harder,” Noemi Simard wrote exclusively about Veronica Laprise on her Facebook page. September 2021 is Voting Day.
In the next federal election she competed under the Conservative banner in the Beaufort-C -te-de-Bupre-il-d’Orleans-Charlevoix riding.
In her publication, Noémie Simard, a former partner of Véronique Laprise, accused her of “becoming a mother”. [s]Children ”and to use them to promote his candidacy, the politician denied it.
This publication has been shared more than a hundred times on social networks, along with provoking many negative comments about Véronique Laprise.
During her testimony, these were false statements and Mr.Me Simard made such accusations against him. On the contrary, she said some of the acquaintances between them earlier were friendly.
The story also influenced her to the point of consulting a psychologist. “When she toured the various hubs in the county where she was running, [elle] Nervous and publicly challenged and afraid to face ”with the publication’s comments, indicating judgment.
Subsequently, Véronique Laprise restricted his travels and withdrew from public life for fear of being arrested on the street or in the municipal businesses where he lived.
Since the publication was released on the eve of the election, there has been no doubt that, according to Judge Claude Bouchard, there was an intention to harm the politician. For the magistrate, “false remarks exceeded freedom of expression”. Instead, it is defamation.
“Reputation is very important to the public person, knowing that by presenting themselves under the banner of a political party they will be subjected to more insulting remarks. These individuals are also entitled to respect their reputation and their personal lives, “the judge said, ordering Noemi Simard to pay a total of $ 6,000 in damages and punitive damages.
– With Michael Nguyen
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