The allegation is contained in a lawsuit filed by Vivian Bercovici, a former Canadian ambassador to Israel, who was appointed by the previous Conservative government of Stephen Harper and subsequently fired by the Trudeau Liberals. The allegations have not been proven in court, and the Prime Minister's Office did not respond to a request for comment. In her lawsuit, she is seeking $250,000 in damages from Telford for the "intentional affliction of mental suffering." The long-simmering legal drama is unfolding as the Prime Minister's Office grapples with the resignation of Butts, who served as Trudeau's principal secretary and most trusted adviser. Natalie MacDonald, Bercovici's lawyer, suggested the current controversy enveloping the Prime Minister's Office has resonance for her client.
Source: CBC News February 22, 2019 13:41 UTC