New legislation was introduced today which would safeguard freedom of expression in British Columbia and allow residents to participate in free public debate without fear of legal action.
The Protection of Public Participation Act would prevent British Columbians from becoming victim to a Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation (also known as SLAPP suits) used to censor critics with threat of costly legal action, explains David Eby, Attorney General.
“We’re committed to ensuring a robust, healthy democracy that defends British Columbians’ fundamental rights,” says Eby.
“In part, by helping people who want and deserve the freedom to peacefully engage in public debate without fear of unreasonable and financially ruinous legal action against them.”
The new law will potentially allow defendants to dismiss the lawsuit, with permission from the courts, if they believe it restricts their freedom of expression when speaking on matters of public interest.