CBC is reporting that Brad Cabana confirmed that he has been asked by Alderon Iron Ore Corp lawyers, and Danny Williams, to retract comments he made regarding the financing of the Muskrat Falls project.
This could be interesting to watch.
Cabana evolved from an ardent PC supporter to a Liberal Party of Newfoundland and Labrador leadership candidate over the course of 2011. He has been a vocal critic of the proposed Lower Churchill deal.
Cabana is the author of a local political blog, Rock Solid Politics.
An internet defamation ruling from Ontario’s Superior Court last fall indicates that the courts may be providing more leeway for comments on Political Blogs and message boards. Perhaps this current legal spat over Cabana's comments might clarify the ground rules for defamation in the context of Internet debates.
What do you think? I know that many people get into the cut and thrust of debate and press send without really thinking about the defamatory nature of their comments. Where does vigorous debate end and libel begin?