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CBA warns of court challenge to Bill C-58 if Ottawa persists with ‘incursions’ on privilege

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 11:35 AM | By Cristin Schmitz

The Canadian Bar Association (CBA) says it will “in all likelihood” go to court to challenge incursions on professional secrecy, if Ottawa proceeds to enact proposed measures that would empower the federal privacy and information commissioners to review legal advice and other privileged communications between legal advisers and their federal government clients.

The national 36,000-member association, and the Federation of Law Societies of Canada (FLSC), are both urging the Trudeau government to drop proposed “regressive” amendments to the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act (Bill...