Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Doan v. Denis Coderre Update

Liberal MP Denis Coderre caused a stir last month when he publicly asked Hockey Canada to remove Shane Doan from Team Canada's Men's Olympic team, accusing him of uttering a racial slur. Doan has since denied the allegations and now has fought back with a lawsuit.

The motion said Doan was seeking reparations for damages to his reputation over "false and defamatory" remarks made by Coderre, both in his letter to Hockey Canada and to the media.

The player asked for $200,000 in moral damages and $50,000 in punitive damages. The motion said Doan, who is earning $3 million US this season, would donate any money he is awarded to charity.

In an affidavit attached to the motion, Doan said he "did not make any comment that could be construed as derogatory toward French-speaking people during the hockey game.

"Such remarks are completely incompatible with the values I espouse as both a hockey player and a proud Canadian."

Coderre refuses to budge:
"Something happened," Coderre said at a news conference. "There's no doubt in my mind that on Dec. 13, something happened, so why can't we see that report?"
The NHL's response:
"Our game reports are not for public dissemination and particularly not for politicians who may be using this whole disjointed affair to seemingly garner votes," Campbell told The Canadian Press.
Besides, we know what happened when lawyers stuck their nose in the game last time. There's no telling what would happen when politicians do the same.

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posted by J.J. Guerrero, 7:00 AM


At January 24, 2006 12:00 PM, Blogger Terry said...

DISTRICT: Bourassa
Candidate Party Vote Count Vote Share Elected
Denis Coderre LIB 18705 43.41% X
Apraham Niziblian BQ 13777 31.97%
Liberato Martelli CON 6830 15.85%
Stefano Saykaly NDP 2237 5.19%
François Boucher GRN 1370 3.18%
Geneviève Royer ML 173 0.4%
January 24, 3:13:42 AM EST 194 of 194 polls reporting

Denny Won his Party Lost - where does this leave Doan


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