June 26, 2014
Former cabinet minister MP Helena Guergis has resumed her long-running and so-far unsuccessful lawsuit against the Conservatives she blames for ending her political career in fallout from the so-called “busty hookers” scandal.
Her lawyer, Stephen Victor, last week filed an amended statement of claim, seeking $2.25 million in damages from Conservative party lawyer Arthur Hamilton and his law firm, Cassels Brock, and $1.75 million in damages from Heritage Minister Shelly Glover.
She alleges that Hamilton breached his solicitor-client relationship with her and that Glover defamed her. The allegations have not been proven in court.
Guergis has repeatedly kept her case alive in the face of a series of setbacks since she launched her suit in December 2011. She is seeking redress for her removal from Harper’s cabinet and the Conservative caucus, and the loss of her seat in Simcoe-Grey, which she unsuccessfully tried to hold as an independent in the federal election of May 2011.