Edmonton MP settles defamation lawsuit against UAlberta student newspaper

May 3, 2019

Edmonton-Griesbach Conservative MP Kerry Diotte has settled a defamation suit against The Gateway, the University of Alberta’s student newspaper. Diotte was seeking $150K in non-pecuniary damages and an unspecified amount in pecuniary damages, according to a statement of claim filed against the journalism society in November 2018. The Gateway posted an apology retracting two articles that described Diotte as a racist, stating that the characterization “is false, damaging to his reputation, and caused […] unwarranted embarrassment.” Diotte stated that the lawsuit has been settled, and that he considered the issue to be resolved. Edmonton Journal | The Gateway