Former Conservative MP Helena Guergis is filing suit against Stephen Harper and the Conservative Party as well as other individuals. Among other claims she alleges that the party and Harper defamed her.
Guergis was formerly a member of Harper's cabinet. In April 2010 she was forced to leave after allegations were made against both Guergis and her husband Rahim Jaffer. Jaffer also a former MP is joining his wife in the suit.
The suit is against not just Harper and the Conservative party but a host of others associated with Harper including his principal secretary, a law firm, and a former Harper chief of staff. All are alleged to be involved in spreading rumors about Guergis. Among the rumors were that Guergis had used cocaine. There was an even a claim that there was video evidence of this--which was never produced.
Altogether Guergis' suit asks for over a million dollars in compensation. The RCMP eventually cleared Guergis of all charges but she had already resigned from her cabinet post of Minister of State for the Status of Women. The Conservative Party removed her as a candidate in her constituency. Guergis ran as an independent but did not win. For much more see this article.