Corporations 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.
451 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.