I have written here before about the tendency of some Parliamentarians to use–or misuse–Parliamentary privilege to escape the consequences of inappropriate remarks they make outside the House of Commons and committee proceedings. At that time I referred to the case of Alan Riddell, an Ottawa lawyer who is suing the leader of the Conservative Party, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, for allegedly defamatory statements made by Mr. Harper to the media during the last federal election. Mr. Riddell, who was seeking the Conservative Party nomination in Ottawa South, Ont., had agreed to step aside in favour of Allan Cutler.
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