Assault charges dropped against former MP Julian Fantino

TORONTO -- The Crown has dropped privately laid assault charges against former federal cabinet minister Julian Fantino in an alleged incident 42 years ago.

See Full Article

Crown Attorney John McInnes told court there was no reasonable prospect for conviction due primarily to inconsistencies in the accuser's testimony and lack of witnesses.

Fantino's lawyer, Mark Sandler, called the accusations patently false and said it was no coincidence the allegations against the Conservative MP were levelled just before the Oct. 19 federal election.

The allegations of assault with a weapon and assault causing bodily harm were made by John Bonnici and stemmed from when Fantino was a Toronto police officer. None of Bonnici's allegations were proven in court.

Fantino, the onetime veterans affairs minister, lost his bid for re-election to Liberal Francesco Sorbara in the riding of Vaughan-Woodbridge. He was not present at Wednesday's hearing.

Police generally lay criminal charges, but anyone who has reasonable grounds to believe someone has committed an offence can go to a justice of the peace or provincial court judge, who determine if a summons or warrant should be issued to compel an accused person to come to court to answer the charge.

The charges against Fantino were approved by a justice of the peace in July after a closed hearing.



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • Trump forgoes insults of past, calls Mexico cherished friend

    World News CTV News
    WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Donald Trump, who has denigrated Mexican migrants and threatened the U.S. ally with crippling tariffs, welcomed President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to the White House on Wednesday, called him a cherished partner and claimed the countries' economic and security ties were reaching new heights. Source
  • 'Enormous impact': After teenage parties near Montreal, businesses shut to stem outbreak

    Canada News CTV News
    MERCIER, QUE. -- A town south of Montreal has partially shut down—again—all because of the recklessness of a few teenagers, its mayor says. About 50 people have now tested positive for COVID-19 in a new outbreak in the Montéregie region, all of them directly linked to two house parties that happened there this weekend, health authorities say. Source
  • Court documents reveal Toronto cop misled police in connection with London, Ont. homicide

    Canada News CTV News
    LONDON, ONT. -- There are new details in the case of a Toronto police officer charged - and the connection to London’s latest homicide. London police are releasing more information about what's behind the charge, and there's an update on the outstanding suspects. Source
  • Harvard, MIT sue to block Trump administration rule on international students during pandemic

    World News CBC News
    Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology sued the Trump administration on Wednesday, seeking to block a new rule that would bar foreign students from remaining in the United States if their universities move all courses online due to the coronavirus pandemic. Source
  • Man who killed son in London, Ont., hotel room can't sue antidepressant maker, court rules

    Canada News CTV News
    TORONTO -- A once-prominent Canadian who strangled his child cannot sue the maker of the antidepressant he was taking because he waited too long to file his claim, Ontario's top court ruled on Wednesday. In its decision, the Ontario Court of Appeal decided the statute of limitations barred a claim by David Carmichael against GlaxoSmithKline, makers of Paxil. Source
  • Hailstorm damage in Calgary tops $1.2B, making it 4th costliest natural disaster ever in Canada

    Canada News CTV News
    CALGARY -- Damage from the hailstorm that swept over Calgary in mid-June has been assessed at $1.2 billion, making it the fourth costliest natural disaster in Canadian history, according to the Insurance Bureau of Canada. Source
  • N.B. doctor blamed for cluster of COVID-19 cases won’t be charged: lawyer

    Canada News CTV News
    HALIFAX -- A Campbellton-area doctor blamed for a cluster of COVID-19 cases in New Brunswick’s Zone 5 will not be criminally charged, according to his lawyer. Dr. Jean Robert Ngola Monzinga had travelled outside the province in May and didn't self-isolate upon his return, which led to sharp criticism from Premier Blaine Higgs. Source
  • Calgary hailstorm caused $1.2B in damage, 4th costliest natural disaster in Canada's history

    Canada News CBC News
    The hailstorm that hit Calgary on June 13 cost $1.2 billion in insured damages, making it the fourth costliest natural disaster in Canada's history, according to the Insurance Bureau of Canada. "Our thoughts are with those affected by this devastating storm, and we are here to help Albertans fix their homes, cars and businesses," said Celyeste Power, western vice-president of the bureau, in a release on Wednesday. Source
  • Calgary hailstorm that caused $1.2B in damage ranks as Canada's 4th costliest natural disaster

    Canada News CBC News
    The hailstorm that hit Calgary on June 13 cost $1.2 billion in insured damages, making it the fourth costliest natural disaster in Canada's history, according to the Insurance Bureau of Canada. "Our thoughts are with those affected by this devastating storm, and we are here to help Albertans fix their homes, cars and businesses," said Celyeste Power, western vice-president of the bureau, in a release on Wednesday. Source
  • Proposed class-action against Skip the Dishes moving forward after Supreme Court's Uber ruling

    Canada News CBC News
    A proposed class-action lawsuit against Winnipeg-based food delivery service Skip the Dishes can now move forward through Manitoba courts, after the Supreme Court of Canada reached a decision last month in a similar case involving an Ontario Uber Eats driver. Source