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Ford libel case: Judge dismissed $6M lawsuit against Toronto Mayor


FOULIDIS AND FORD

TORONTO STAR FILE PHOTOS A judge has dismissed the case brought by George Foulidis, left, owner of the Boardwalk Pub in the Beach, against Toronto Mayor Rob Ford.

An Ontario judge has dismissed a $ 6 million defamation lawsuit against Toronto Mayor Rob Ford.

In a ruling released Thursday, Ontario Superior Court Justice John MacDonald said Boardwalk Pub owner George Foulidis failed to prove his case.

“The defendant voiced only a suspicion of corruption which he, immediately and in clear terms, admitted was without factual foundation or insufficient for him to be able to say that anyone had done anything wrong,” said the judge in a 15-page decision.

“In my opinion, he clearly and explicitly prevented any defamatory meaning being perceived in his suspicion of corruption.”

In a brief statement issued by the mayor’s office, Ford said he welcomed the court decision.

“I will continue fighting to represent the best interests of Toronto taxpayers at City Hall. There is still a lot of work to be done and I will continue to focus on this,” Ford said in an email sent on his behalf by press secretary George Christopoulos.

During his bid for mayor, Ford, then a city councillor, told the Toronto Sun’s editorial board that he “smells corruption” in city council.

Foulidis, who had his lease extended on public land in an untendered contract for 20 years, sued Ford, claiming the mayor suggested the leasing between his company, Tuggs Inc., and the city was corrupt.

Justice MacDonald said Foulidis failed to prove that Ford’s comments were referred to him and were defamatory

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