A legal battle is brewing between the government and the former conservation officer seeking the BC NDP-Nomination for Courtenay-Comox.
Bryce Casavant made headlines last summer when he faced discipline for refusing to kill two bear cubs in Port Hardy.
Now, he says the government claims he’s breaching a settlement agreement by talking about the incident.
Casavant says he feels the government is going after him because of his association with the NDP, and is trying to muzzle him.
“There is an active attempt to at least restrict what I am able to say during my campaign, if not silence me completely.”
“I can confidently say that my campaign is being actively monitored.”
Click onto his campaign page and you’ll see a post titled “Of Pooh and Politics”.
In it, Casavant compares himself to Harry Colebourn, the World War One Canadian veterinarian who bought an orphaned bear cub and donated it to the London Zoo, an event that inspired the children’s classic Winnie the Pooh.
“It draw the similarities with myself and the bear cub situation.”
“It was a blog based on Winnie the Pooh for crying out loud. So, I don’t know where they are going with this, it seems a little bit ridiculous to be honest.”
Casavant’s lawyer Arden Beddoes says the government has now hired a lawyer requesting a hearing with an arbitrator for allegedly breaching his agreement.
“The agreement has a confidently provision. The nub of what we disagree on is whether or not that confidentiality provision captured the statement on Bryce’s campaign website.”
No date has been set for a hearing.
CKNW has reached out the government’s lawyer and has yet to hear back.