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Monday, 18 December 2017

SLAPP needs to be outlawed in BC

Mining Company Loses 5-Year B.C. Lawsuit Meant to ‘Silence’ Critics


Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPP) cases are usually launched by companies trying to silence their critics. B.C. briefly had Canada’s first anti-SLAPP law which was brought in by the former NDP government, but repealed by the BCLiberals who feared it would lead to a “protest culture” shortly after their election in 2001.


The Wilderness Committee has won a landmark defamation case brought against it by Taseko Mines Ltd. but, despite the win, the non-profit environmental group will suffer financially after fighting the company in court for five years.
The case is being held up as a textbook example of why anti-SLAPP legislation is needed in B.C.
We are very proud to have stood our ground, but B.C. very much needs anti-SLAPP legislation. We were completely innocent and yet this company was able to keep us in the courts for five years — and their pockets are much deeper than ours,” said Wilderness Committee national campaigner Joe Foy.