Brian Crombie Serves Notice of Libel, Legal Claim against CBC, Organizers of Three Mississauga Mayoral Election Debates



Candidate Crombie uses Ontario's new "False Light" Tort, seeks triple damages and double legal costs under Statute of Monopolies for exclusion from debates.

Press Release

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MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO, CANADA., June 7, 2024 –  Mississauga’s June 10, 2024 Mayoral By-election candidate Brian Crombie has served a Notice of Libel and Legal Claim against the organizers, sponsors and several of their officers and directors of three Mayoral debates including the CBC, More Homes Mississauga, newsBeyond Inc, polling company Mainstreet Research, and the University of Toronto Mississauga (“UTM”) for also violating Ontario’s University Free Speech Policy.

The three debates that excluded Brian Crombie were:

More Homes Mississauga debate between Dipika Damerla and Alvin Tedjo on May 13 at the UTM.

newsBeyond Inc, Mainstreet Research, Aurora Strategy Global and the University of Toronto Mississauga’s Student Union mayoral candidates debate with Dipika Damerla, Stephen Dasko and Alvin Tedjo on May 27th at the UTM Student Centre.

CBC Toronto mayoral candidates debate with Dipika Damerla, Stephen Dasko and Alvin Tedjo on May 30th at the Mississauga Living Arts Centre and streamed online.

All three of these Debates excluded Brian Crombie and violated his Canadian Charter of Rights and Ashby v. White common law rights, placing him in a “false light” by doing so, which is now recognized in Ontario as a fourth form of Libel.

Legal Grounds and Claims:

1. Violation of Charter Rights and Common Law Precedents:

2. Relevant Ontario Laws and Statutes:

As a result of the debate organizers and sponsors actions these debates were partisan and an underhanded political contribution in an effort to circumvent prohibitions on non-individual corporate contributions of goods and services to the candidates that were allowed to participate.

Brian Crombie’s exclusion is completely inappropriate, especially when polls showed him within a week of registering on April 25, 2024 (a day prior to the close of nominations) at 6% and then two weeks later at 9%, exhibiting the attention and momentum of his campaign.

Mr. Crombie has an extensive record of policy statements on his website, on social media, on his daily radio show on Mississauga’s Sauga 960 AM and on YouTube.

The restriction of participation to only elected Councillors by these debate organizers and sponsors shows a complete lack of understanding of Canadian’s distrust with career politicians and gatekeepers. It is no wonder voter turnout in the 2022 Mississauga municipal election had sunk to 21.8%.

About Brian Crombie

Mayoral By-election candidate Brian Crombie is the Chief Operating Officer at Terracap Management Inc., Radio Talk Show Host at Sauga 960 AM and Chair at Transit Alliance. Crombie was formerly the president of the Mississauga Arts Council prior to leaving in 2018 and was also a business executive. He is a strategic COO / corporate finance executive with M&A, VC and PE involvement.