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Former mayoral candidate Faith Goldy ordered to pay for failed lawsuit

Faith Goldy speaks outside Wilfrid Laurier University on March 20, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Hannah Yoon

Former Toronto mayoral candidate Faith Goldy has been ordered to pay more than $43,000 in the aftermath of her failed lawsuit against a Canadian media company.

Bell Media had refused to air campaign ads from the controversial far right activist on their local television news channel, saying they feared they’d be breaking the law by spreading hateful messages on the basis of race.

Goldy argued the broadcaster violated her constitutional right to express herself. However, the lawsuit was dismissed shortly after it was filed in October with a Superior Court judge saying jurisdiction fell exclusively under the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).

Goldy has built up an online following based on her controversial views that have been described as white supremacist in nature.

Goldy finished in third place behind John Tory and Jennifer Keesmaat, garnering just over 25,000 votes in the race for mayor.