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New legislation aimed at SLAPP lawsuits met with wide support in B.C.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 @ 9:25 AM | By Ian Burns

The government of British Columbia has introduced legislation to safeguard people from strategic lawsuits against public participation (also known as SLAPPs), in a move that was embraced by the province’s legal community as a big step forward in protecting citizens from being intimidated in their quest to raise issues of public interest.

Provincial Attorney General David Eby, who introduced the Protection of Public Participation Act May 16, said “British Columbians’ right to freely participate in debating matters of public interest — without fear of facing unfair...