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Supreme Court of Canada to Rule in Groundbreaking Free Expression Case

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The Supreme Court of Canada will render its judgement in B.C. Transit v. Canadian Federation of Students on Friday, July 10. The BCCLA appeared as an intervener in the case at the Supreme Court of Canada, and at the BC Supreme Court and BC Court of Appeal.

The Supreme Court of Canada will post the decision at approximately 6:45 am PST on its website: www.scc-csc.gc.ca/home-accueil/index-eng.asp. The decision will also be posted on the BCCLA website by 12 pm PST: www.bccla.org

The case was heard by the Supreme Court of Canada 16 months ago, and involves a constitutional challenge to the advertising policies of Translink and BC Transit which allowed for commercial advertising but not political advertising on government-controlled public transit vehicles.

The BCCLA argued that the Charter applied to the advertising policies of Translink and BC Transit, and that the advertising policies unreasonably infringed the respondents’ rights of freedom of expression.

Chris Sanderson, Q.C. of Lawson Lundell and Chelsea Wilson represented the BCCLA.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Grace Pastine, Litigation Director, 604-630-9751 (office), 778-241-7183 (cell), [email protected]