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Le Devoir: Civil society orgs. urge QC Minister of Justice to take action against strategic law

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Civil society organizations urge Quebec Minister of Justice, Mr. Jacques Dupuis, to take action against strategic lawsuits against public participation (SLAPP). SLAPPs are illustrative of a larger phenomenon of legal intimidation directed against citizens who publicly expressed concern over an issue of public interest. These lawsuits are attempts to mobilize key characteristics of the legal system – and especially its expensive nature – in order to intimidate political opponents, to divert them from their actions, or to silence them. There is actually no anti-SLAPP legislation in force in Canada.

The full text (in French) is available online.