Nova Scotia Journal

Saturday, December 2, 2023

N.S. government resolves lawsuit with retired senior lawyer

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Key takeaways: 

  • Alex Cameron unexpectedly retired in 2017, declared an intent to sue the region.
  • Retired attorney general Diana Whalen and then premier Stephen McNeil were targeted in Alex Cameron’s suit against the Nova Scotia government.

The long lawsuit comes to an end: 

A long-running lawful battle that pitted a retired senior Nova Scotia government lawyer against the premier and the attorney general is through.

But no one is stating just how or when the issue was settled.

Alex M. Cameron led civil litigation for the region till April 2017, when he suddenly retired and served notice he planned to sue the region, then-premier Stephen McNeil and his attorney general, Diana Whalen.

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The Nova Scotia government resolves lawsuit with retired senior lawyer

Cameron charged them with slander, abuse of public office, constructive dismissal and infringement of his constitutional liberties.

At the case were lawful arguments that Cameron advanced on behalf of the region in a case concerning the Sipekne’katik First Nation. Sipekne’katik had launched an appeal in the Nova Scotia Supreme Court of a judgment by the regional Environment Department to permit the underground storage of natural gas in Alton, N.S.

In his brief, Cameron claimed the region did not have a duty to confer Sipekne’katik on its Alton gas judgment. Or if it did, he claimed the region had already satisfied that duty.

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