Mayoral candidate Kirk LaPointe says he will "not back down" after being hit with a defamation lawsuit by Vision Vancouver over NPA radio and TV ads.
At a news conference today (November 7), LaPointe charged that the lawsuit is an attempt by Vision to “silence” him and the NPA in the final stage of the election campaign.
“They can sue all they want, but they’re not going to silence me or my team in the final days of this campaign,” said LaPointe. “We’re going to defend ourselves vigorously and we’re going to defend the interests of the city.”
LaPointe accused Vision of “fabrications” and “intimidation” during the election campaign.
“I’ve known bullies in my time, and their actions are the same,” LaPointe charged. “They hound and they scare. They know you’re unlikely to respond, and when you stand up to them, they cry foul as if you’re the aggressor.”
Vision Vancouver said Thursday (November 6) that the NPA began running paid TV and radio ads that contained "false and defamatory words concerning the Mayor and Councillor [Geoff] Meggs". Their lawsuit seeks to have the ads pulled, in addition to a "complete retraction", damages, and costs.
LaPointe said the NPA does not plan to stop running the ads.
“I’m going to say exactly what I’ve been saying all along, I’m not going to change my phrasing, I’m not going to do any of that,” he said.
He added the party is determining what its legal response will be.