judge has ordered free speech activist Ezra Levant to pay $25,000 to
Giacomo Vigna, a Canadian Human Rights Commission lawyer, for libelling
him with “reckless indifference” to the truth in blog posts about a
major hate speech case.
By accusing Mr. Vigna — who once
represented the CHRC in the prosecution of Freedomsite.orgwebmaster Marc
Lemire — of lying to the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, switching
critical evidence, failing to honour a promise to the Tribunal chair,
and being fired, Mr. Levant “spoke in reckless disregard of the truth
and for an ulterior purpose of denormalizing the Human Rights Commission
across Canada which makes his statements malicious in that sense.” Mr.
Justice Robert Smith also ordered Mr. Levant to remove the libellous
materials from his website within 15 days. They remained there Friday
night, and Mr. Levant said he is getting advice from his lawyers about