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B.C. introduces anti-SLAPP legislation to protect public interest debates

Bill would safeguard people from strategic lawsuits against public participation

The B.C. government has introduced legislation that would prevent lawsuits used to silence critics with unfair or costly legal action.

Attorney General David Eby says the bill would ensure the protection of free public debate by safeguarding people from strategic lawsuits against public participation (SLAPP) suits.

Eby says such lawsuits can limit or prevent criticism over issues of public interest. The legislation was an NDP promise from last year's election campaign.

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Eby reintroduces anti-SLAPP legislation killed by BC Liberals

British Columbians will soon be able to once again speak up against big corporations on important issues without the fear of being silenced by costly strategic legal action intended to suppress public participation.

BC Attorney General David Eby today introduced the Protection of Public Participation Act, which will safeguard people from strategic lawsuits against public participation (often referred to as SLAPPs) that limit or prevent the expression of individuals’ or groups’ points of view on matters of public interest.

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