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The last ditch attempt by Jeff Rath, Calgary lawyer and campaigner for Richard Starke, to have leadership front-runfner Jason Kenney booted from the race for doing harm to the PC brand (Insight Feb. 10) seemed to die a natural death last Sunday after the Leadership Election Committee (LEC) voted unanimously to reject Rath’s complaint.
The committee reasoned that since the party’s directors had already agreed before last October’s nomination to let Kenney run, despite his plan to close down the party and form a new one combining PCers and Wildrosers, that Rath’s complaint was mooted. There would be no further action. The only one getting booted was Rath—by leadership Candidate Dr. Richard Starke, who knows full well that efforts to remove Kenney this late in the game would invite ridicule, create chaos and probably do good things for the opposition Wildrose. Maybe he knows something else too.
We caught Arthur Kent, the former NBC war correspondent known as the “Scud Stud” during his reports from the first Gulf war, on Jesse Brown’s Canadaland podcast this week. Speaking in his splendidly modulated broadcasting baritone, Kent, 63, was righteously defending his win in a defamation suit against columnist Don Martin and Postmedia.
The interview came on the heels of Calgary QB Justice Jo’Anne Strekaf’s mid-January decision to award Kent $250K in court costs, following on the ruling she made in his favour last summer which awarded $200K in damages plus $60K in interest.
Kent came up somewhat short of the total $10.5M he’d originally been asking for in damages from the defamation and the $1.2M he’d sought in court costs, but, after seven years of litigation, he considered it a win, and on Brown’s show he played up the decision as a victory for responsible journalism…