Free Dominion

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Free Dominion is a Canadian conservative website. It was inspired by Free Republic in the United States, and some members contribute to both sites. The site used the phrase "Principled Conservativism" to describe its ideology.

The lead moderators and former owners of the site were Mark and Connie Fournier. Fournier ran in the 2007 Ontario Election for the Freedom Party of Ontario[1]

On December 31, 2005, Free Dominion made news when one of its frequent contributors, Gordon Stamp, resigned as Peter Goldring's campaign manager as a result of comments Stamp had posted on Free Dominion about being open to Alberta separatism under certain circumstances.[2] Goldring was subsequently quoted saying that Free Dominion is "extreme" in its views.[2][3]

In early 2008, the website was sold to Liberty News Service in Panama.

Legal complaints[edit]

Free Dominion and Connie and Mark Fournier were the target of regular lawsuits. In July 2007, a complaint was made against Free Dominion before the Canadian Human Rights Commission for posting material perceived to be discriminatory against Muslims;[4][5] The complaint was subsequently withdrawn.

Richard Warman[edit]

Main article: Richard Warman

National Post et al[edit]

In April 2008, Warman launched a libel suit against the National Post and several Canadian others, including the Fourniers and Free Dominion. The reason for the suit was that the newspaper, quoting an expert hired by Marc Lemire as part of his lawsuit with Warman, said that Warman was the author of a 2003 internet post regarding Canadian Senator Anne Cools that used racist and sexist epithets. Warman denied that he was the author of the post and sued for libel damages from those who posted the information. The National Post and Kay apologized and retracted its statement and settled out of court with Warman. The remaining litigants are still pursuing the case as of October 2013.[6]

On August 9, 2013, the case finally began with jury selection. After 10 days of testimony, the jury was charged. On October 2, 2013, the jury found in Warman's favour, awarding him $42,000 in damages, plus costs which were later set at $85,000. Free Dominion closed to the public as a result.

On August 9, 2013 the case began with jury selection. After 10 days of testimony the jury was charged. On October 2, 2013, the jury returned a verdict against the defendants and awarded Warman $42,000 in damages, plus costs which were later set at $85,000 for a total of $127,000.

On January 23, 2014, an injunction was issued barring the site from publishing any defamatory comments about Warman. Rather than risk a third party posting such a comment on the site, the Fourniers closed the website to the public.[7]

Second libel suit[edit]

Also in 2008, Warman filed a second lawsuit for libel against the Fourniers and eight John Does. As part of this case, Warman asked the court to order the Fourniers to release information which could assist in the identification of the eight John Does: their email addresses and IP addresses. Justice Kershman ordered them to do so. However on appeal, the Superior Court overturned this decision unless Warman could prove a prima facie case against the John Does before their information was released.[8]

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