$6-million Defamation Lawsuit
Against Calgary Mayor
The Mayor of Calgary, Naheed Nenshi, could be facing is a $6-million defamation lawsuit against him by Cal Wenzel, a Calgary property developer. Referring to the suit as disappointing and dangerous, Nenshi is most concerned that it benchmarks a threat to politicians and free speech.
He also said that Cal Wenzel, the developer suing him, was “the architect of his own situation,” and is the one who decided he was “going to influence the election and to hold that secret meeting.”
While Nenshi has not been formally served with papers, he feels the suit is unjust, as Wenzel was “the architect of his own situation,…going to influence the election and to hold that secret meeting.”
In a statement on Monday, Nenshi expressed that “Politicians should be able to speak on matters of public policy without the fear of being sued,…That is why I must vigorously defend myself in this lawsuit.” The response comes days after Wenzel, who was secretly video recorded discussing a plan to defeat members of Calgary city council, filed a defamation suit against the mayor.
Documents filed in Court of Queen’s Bench allege Nenshi distorted the comments made by Wenzel for his own political gain. However, none of the allegations in the lawsuit have been proven in court. Wenzel released a statement in early November explaining that he filed the lawsuit after Nenshi refused to formally apologize for “fear mongering” and “false” comments, according to the Calgary Herald.