Two men who have become the faces of anti-Islam protests in the Greater Toronto Area are being sued for defamation.
Ron Banerjee and Kevin J. Johnston published a series of videos in which they claim Mohamad Fakih, the owner of Paramount Fine Foods, has links to extremism.
The defamation suit stems from a protest Mr. Johnston, Mr. Banerjee and others staged on July 20 across the street from a Liberal Party fundraiser attended by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at one of Mr. Fakih’s restaurants in Mississauga. Mr. Fakih alleges his reputation has been damaged by some of the comments the two men made that day, which were captured in a series of videos posted to YouTube, Freedomreport.ca (which is run by Mr. Johnston) and other platforms. The lawsuit, filed to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, comes just a few weeks after Mr. Johnston was criminally charged with committing hate crimes. Neither set of accusations has been tested in court.