Case Report – BCCA says statutory privilege not a barrier to production

14 Nov

On October 9th, the British Columbia Court of Appeal held that the privilege in section 517(5) of the Canada Elections Act is not a bar to production.

The section deems the fact that a person entered into a compliance agreement and any statement in a compliance agreement that admits responsibility for a violation of the Act to be inadmissible as evidence. The Court held that the provision only deems evidence to be inadmissible and does not bar production. It also held that the information, in the circumstances, was not subject to litigation privilege.

Ontario courts have read the statutory privilege governing an Ontario Student Record similarly. See, for example, the McNeil case.

Lougheed Estate v. Wilson, 2009 BCCA 438.

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