Senator Tom McInnis is shown with former prime minister Stephen Harper in this handout image."When we did go to the property just to go for a walk or sit in our chairs, Mr. Stone called the police and they would come to our home, no matter the time of day," McInnis said in an affidavit. "We have been literally shut out of the McInnis property virtually since the Stones moved in ... and put their boat in the water in 2011."
'Virtually robbed' of his own landTheir actions "virtually robbed" McInnis of his own land, the judge said. "I find the actions of (the Stones) to have been calculated, malicious, inexcusable and a departure from a standard of decent behaviour," Pickup ruled. The judge had earlier awarded McInnis $5,000 in damages; the new ruling awarded him another $70,569.69 in legal costs. McInnis should not be put to any expense to defend himself and his property, Pickup said. "Despite being told they had no claim to Mr. McInnis's land at the time they purchased (their property), they did everything possible to take Mr. McInnis's lands, including preventing him accessing his lands. The Stones systematically advanced into his lands, then cobbled together legal arguments after the fact to justify their actions." McInnis, who is a lawyer, represented the area provincially for 15 years, but lost to the Liberals in 1993 after the electoral map was redrawn.
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