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CCLA is intervening in a motion on Parliamentary privilege and when courts may review decisions made by a Legislative Assembly. This case has significant consequences for democracy, legislative autonomy, and the separation of powers. And it impacts the ability of any current or future majority government to disenfranchise an MPP’s constituents, leaving them without a meaningful voice in the Legislature.

In its intervention, CCLA argues that parliamentary privilege must be justified by its necessity to a Legislative Assembly’s “legislative or deliberative functions, or its role in holding the government accountable.”

The underlying challenge was brought by MPP Sarah Jama. CCLA is intervening in this case not to endorse the expression made by the MPP, but to support the role of the Court in preserving the democratic process.

Read our factum here.

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