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Conservative Senator Suing House of Commons for $250K After Cafeteria Slip

Sen. Fabian Manning is not messing about.
Mack Lamoureux
Toronto, CA
June 19, 2017, 6:10pm
Sen. Fabian Manning in 2008. Photo via the Canadian Press.

A Conservative senator is suing the House of Commons after slipping on a liquid in the parliamentary body's cafeteria two years ago.

As first reported by the National Post, Sen. Fabian Manning alleges, in a statement of claim filed on June 9, that he smacked his head on the ground so hard after going ass-over-tea-kettle in June of 2015 that he knocked himself out and had to be taken to the hospital in an ambulance.

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The lawsuit alleges that Manning suffered "post-concussion syndrome and soft-tissue injuries to his neck, back, left shoulder and left hip" which in turn caused "cognitive functions, chronic headaches and disturbed sleep." These injuries did not cause Manning to shirk his duties as a senator as he was back in the House the day after he slipped—to this day Manning is active in the senate.

Manning is suing for $250,000 plus damages and, according to the Post, is targeting the "House of Commons, Public Works and Government Services Canada, and the Attorney General of Canada as the Crown's representative."

Manning, a Newfoundland senator, was put into place by the Harper government after losing the seat in Avalon, NFLD, that he held for two years prior to his defeat in the 2008 election. Manning stepped down from the Senate in 2011 to again run federally but was defeated—and Prime Minister Stephen Harper reappointed him to the Senate shortly afterwards. Before his time in federal politics, Manning served provincially from 1995 to 2005 as a Progressive Conservative.

Manning's wife Sandra is also suing the House of Commons for an additional $50,000 alleging the fall impacted the relationship she has with her husband.

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