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Former Ontario ombudsman sues for wrongful dismissal

André Marin says Premier Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals ‘orchestrated’ his removal from public office


 

TORONTO — Ontario’s former ombudsman is suing for wrongful dismissal, alleging Premier Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals “orchestrated” his removal from public office.

André Marin served for two five-year terms until last year, with former federal taxpayers’ ombudsman Paul Dube ultimately selected as the new Ontario ombudsman.

When that second term was expiring and it looked like he would not be appointed to a third, he waged a Twitter campaign and later held a news conference to decry what he called a “shambolic” hiring process.

Marin alleges he was fired without cause and without notice _ he says a two-year notice period would have been “reasonable” _ and is suing for two years of pay and $3 million in damages.

Marin alleges he was misled into believing he would be reappointed and therefore failed to secure other employment, made personal investments he would not have made otherwise, and suffered public humiliation.

Two of the three defendants _ the ombudsman’s office and the legislature _ have filed notices of intent to defend and while notice has been given to the Ministry of the Attorney General, the premier’s office will not comment.


 
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