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(Posted 11 a.m., Feb. 24)
Bertschi taking legal action against Liberal Party triumvirate
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Orléans lawyer David Bertschi is taking his fight with a trio of Liberal Party leaders to the courtroom.

The ousted Liberal nomination candidate has filed a notice of action and claim against Liberal Party co-chairs Katie Telford and Dan Gagnier and Liberal Party national director Jeremy Broadhurst for defamation, however, none of the individuals had received the actual notice as of yet.

In the notice Bertschi refers to statements made in a letter sent to him by Telford and Gagnier on Nov. 7, and later leaked to the press, in which they invoked their discretionary powers to revoke his nomination.

The reasons given in the letter was his failure to payoff outstanding debts from his failed Liberal leadership bid and his failure to disclose a defamation suit against a gossip website in the U.S.

In his defence, Bertschi claims that his debt repayment was on schedule as set out by the party's green light committee and acknowledged by the committee chair on Nov. 4, and the defamation suit against TheDirty.com had been dropped before he filed his nomination papers.

According to at least one published report, Bertschi contests that the "defamatory statements and libelous publications" made by the party co-chairs had the effect of "diminution of his personal, professional and political reputations".

Shortly after Bertschi's candidacy was revoked, Andrew Lesie was acclaimed as the only remaining candidate in the running for the nomination.

In a recent e-mail to his supporters, Bertschi claims that his candidacy was withdrawn for "political reasons" by unelected party "officials" and that the actions of those officials circumnavigated the green light process while preventing local party members from exercising their democratic and Constitutional right to elect a candidate of their choosing.

Bertschi ends the e-mail with an emphatic pledge: "Democracy, fairness and Canadian values are at stake and I will not be bullied into submission or silence."

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