DeSmog – Mining Company Loses 5-Year B.C. Lawsuit Meant to ˜Silence Critics”. By Judith Lavoie.
The Wilderness Committee has won a landmark defamation case brought against it by Taseko Mines Ltd. but, despite the win, the non-profit environmental group will suffer financially after fighting the company in court for five years. The case is being held up as a textbook example of why anti-SLAPP legislation is needed in B.C.
“We are very proud to have stood our ground, but B.C. very much needs anti-SLAPP legislation. We were completely innocent and yet this company was able to keep us in the courts for five years – and their pockets are much deeper than ours,; said Wilderness Committee national campaigner Joe Foy.
Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPP) cases are usually launched by companies trying to silence their critics. B.C. briefly had Canada]s first anti-SLAPP law which was brought in by the former NDP government, but repealed by the BC Liberals who feared it would lead to a “protest culture” shortly after their election in 2001. Ontario and Quebec are currently the only provinces with such legislation. –