Calgary Sun | 28Jun2010 | Orest Slepokura

‘Good-faith’ question

Re: “Levant fights off libel suit,” (Calgary Sun, June 25, 2010).

The legal wrangling between free-speech advocate Ezra Levant and Human Rights Commission lawyer Giacomo Vigna reads like a scene out of Alice in Wonderland. Did Vigna actually ask that the case he was pursuing be adjourned owing to his not being in a “serene state of mind?” Has he also, as reported, filed a total of 15 complaints against Levant with the Alberta Law Society? If so, are we free to ask in good faith whether this public servant is not a litigious whiner or thin-skinned drama queen? Is even this mere intellectual exercise in basic inquiry as a citizen of a democracy whose taxes help fund Vigna’s HRC salary subject to legal scrutiny in an atmosphere rife with libel chill?

Orest Slepokura

(You bet.)