Lawyers for NB doctor file lawsuit against province, RCMP and Facebook

FREDERICTON — A doctor who says he faced an outpouring of hate and racism after being charged with breaking New Brunswick’s 2020 COVID-19 rules is suing the provincial government, RCMP and Facebook owner , Meta. Lawyers representing Dr.

FREDERICTON — A doctor who says he faced an outpouring of hate and racism after being charged with breaking New Brunswick’s 2020 COVID-19 rules is suing the provincial government, RCMP and Facebook owner , Meta.

Lawyers representing Dr Jean Robert Ngola told reporters today that the lawsuit was filed earlier today in the New Brunswick Court of Queen’s Bench.

Ngola, a family doctor who worked in the northern New Brunswick town of Campbellton, was charged with violating the province’s Emergencies Act, but the Crown later withdrew the prosecution after concluding that there was no chance of a conviction.

He demanded an apology from Premier Blaine Higgs, who in May 2020 – without naming Ngola – linked a growing outbreak of COVID-19 in the Campbellton area to an “irresponsible” healthcare worker and said the matter was being handled by the RCMP.

The statement says the Prime Minister should have known that his actions would contribute to endangering the life of Dr Ngola and creating fears for the safety of Ngola and her child.

The court document does not specify the amount of damages sought, but says they are sufficient to hold those responsible accountable and deter similar wrongdoing in the future.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on January 20, 2022.

The Canadian Press

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