Anti-SLAPP Lawsuits

On Tuesday, February 18th, 2014 in Get Involved

Anti-SLAPP LawsuitsCorporations are increasingly turning to the courts to silence opposition to their activities through Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPP). A SLAPP is a lawsuit intended to censor individuals by burdening them with the costs of a legal defence until they abandon their activism or opposition. Notable cases include Fraser v. Saanich in British Columbia and Daishowa v. Friends of the Lubicon.

At a time when democratic renewal is needed more than ever, these lawsuits threaten to undermine public participation and need to be stopped.

Help Elizabeth ban SLAPP lawsuits! Sign below or download this petition, have as many people as possible to sign it, and mail it – postage free – to either her Ottawa or Sidney offices. With as few as 25 signatures, Elizabeth can present your petition to the government in the House of Commons.

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457 people have signed this petition. Add your voice to the growing number of Canadians speaking out about this issue.

Your petitioners call upon the House of Commons to adopt legislation banning SLAPP suits nationwide, using successful legislation in Quebec as a point of reference.

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  • Melanie El

    Thank you for doing this. It feels good to know some leaders have the general public’s backs.

  • Sandyma

    Thank you thank you for your voice and words of wisdom. If we created more help for desperate individuals – and I mean help not police or drugs – our citizens would not have to wave guns to get anyone to listen – and now we shoot them. We should stay home and tend to Canada, our precious be-leagured land and citizens. I am a grandma who has wondered what would it take to be heard. You are amazing. Thank you.

    • PatG

      There may be several ways for our voices to be heard and to amplify Elizabeth’s efforts, but for a grandma, if administrative duties in the GP are not your forte then you might want to consider joining your local Raging Granny group (gaggle). You don’t have to go and get yourself arrested like the Seattle Raging Grannies did this week (although by doing that they certainly brought attention to the issue) but it is a highly visible way to let both the public and the politicians know that we, as citizens, have not forgotten about these issues.

  • Robert Wm Smith

    i am happy to sign, though we may be too late given the size of the pot corporations get to p&sis in.

  • Greg Marsh

    We need this in the U.S.A. too! Please set an example.

  • Hilary

    It would be good for the public to know about TPP and SLAPPs before the election. Too bad Tom Mulcair won’t be one of the leaders willing to debate w/o Harper.

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