Lesley Hughes

Former Canadian political candidate and journalist suing Jewish groups for defamation over 9/11 comments


Jun 24, 2009 04:30 AM

WINNIPEG – A former Liberal candidate who was dumped before last fall's federal election is suing cabinet minister Peter Kent, the Canadian Jewish Congress, B'nai Brith of Canada and four senior members of the two organizations.

Lesley Hughes claims the defendants made untrue and defamatory accusations that she was anti-Semitic. She says that, as a result, former federal Liberal leader Stéphane Dion revoked her candidacy in the Manitoba riding of Kildonan-St. Paul last September.

The allegations made by Hughes in her statement of claim have not been heard or proven in court.

Hughes acknowledges in her lawsuit that she wrote a column in a Winnipeg newspaper in 2002 that suggested Israeli businesses in the World Trade Center had advance knowledge of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Hughes claims senior members of the Canadian Jewish Congress and B'nai Brith persuaded Dion to revoke her candidacy on the grounds she was anti-Semitic.

New Facebook group: Reinstate (Canadian Liberal MP) Lesley Hughes


From group info:

Join this group to help support the reinstatement of Liberal Candidate for Winnipeg-St.Paul, Lesley Hughes. Lesley was dismissed by Stephane Dion and the Liberals due to her activities and beliefs about 9/11. Lesley has participated with members of the "9/11 Truth" movement and has publicity been outspoken that 9/11 was an inside job. Lesley shouldn't be silenced for her beliefs or her concerns involving 9/11. The truth must be known on 9/11 and the Liberals turfing Lesley is confirming their support for upholding the US Government's lies about 9/11. You don't have to be Liberal, or support the Liberals to be a member of this group, you just have to believe the world needs to know the truth.