Faith Goldy ordered to pay back more than $43,000 after failed lawsuit

Dec 17 2018, 2:09 pm

Former Toronto mayoral candidate Faith Goldy has been ordered by the courts to pay over $43,000 in legal fees to Bell Media following a failed lawsuit.

According to court documents, Goldy, who came in third during the election, sued Bell Media after it refused to air her campaign ads on its channel, CP24.

After initially agreeing to run the political advertisements, CP24 notified Goldy that it wouldn’t run them as planned, and that it would be refunding the candidate the money placed for the ads.

Goldy’s lawsuit stated that Bell was breaching her right to free expression.

But the judge dismissed the application, saying that this complaint should be addressed to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission and not the courts.

Judge Peter Cavanagh also ordered Goldy to pay Bell Media $43,117.90 for its legal fees.

The controversial mayoral candidate came in third in the 2018 municipal election, behind Jennifer Keesmaat and incumbent John Tory respectively.

At the time, Goldy, who has been referred to as a white nationalist and far-right candidate, was ousted from debates throughout the election, and major media outlets refused to run her campaign ads.

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