Statement from CBA President Steeves Bujold on Hansman v. Neufeld decision

  • May 19, 2023

The CBA is pleased that a recent decision of the Supreme Court of Canada upholds the freedom of expression in speaking out against comments perceived to undermine the equal worth and dignity of marginalized groups.

In its Hansman v. Neufeld decision, the Supreme Court notes: “The transgender community is undeniably a marginalized group in Canadian society. The history of transgender individuals in Canada has been marked by discrimination and disadvantage.”

As a proud member of the LGBTQ2S+ community, it has always been important for me to address the inequalities and discrimination experienced by the members of my community and more specifically by non-binary and trans people in Canada. I applaud today’s Supreme Court’s decision.

This interpretation of anti-SLAPP legislation is an important step as we strive to defend and protect the rights of everyone in our society, especially the most disadvantaged people with the greatest need.

We need to continue to have this important conversation, we need to listen, to learn, to reach out, so that we can build a fully engaged and inclusive society.