Libel suit against former Nova Scotia premier and justice minister resolved


A libel action against the former premier of Nova Scotia and his justice minister has ended with an undisclosed settlement.

The Justice Department confirmed today the legal action launched by former government litigator Alex Cameron has been resolved.

Cameron resigned from his job in 2017, indicating he would sue ex-premier Stephen McNeil and former justice minister Dianne Whalen for comments they made about his work in a trial involving a Mi'kmaq First Nation.

He claimed McNeil and Whalen defamed him by implying he acted without instruction in 2016, when he argued the province wasn't required to consult the Sipekne'katik First Nation on a natural gas storage proposal.

Cameron's legal brief was denounced by Indigenous leaders because it made reference to the First Nation's "submission" to the British Crown in 1760, in contrast to "unconquered peoples" in other treaties.
After a public outcry, McNeil disavowed the argument, and Cameron alleged the premier and Whalen implied he was acting without instruction or contrary to instruction from the province.