A Supreme Court of Canada decision that upheld a registration requirement for those sponsoring election advertising in British Columbia could be important for other provinces, says University of Ottawa assistant law professor Michael Pal.
The 2017 SCC decision in B.C. Freedom of Information and Privacy Association v. British Columbia (Attorney General) could be particularly important in a social media age, Pal told a constitutional cases conference organized by the Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto April 6.
In B.C. Freedom of Information and Privacy Association, the SCC dismissed an appeal that argued a registration requirement for parties who spent less than $500 on election advertising during a campaign period was an infringement of s. 2 of the Charter.