Federation granted leave to intervene at the Supreme Court of Canada in the case of Privacy Commissioner of Canada v. Blood Tribe Department of Health Order from the Supreme Court of Canada

(December 12, 2007)

The Federation of Law Societies of Canada has been granted leave to intervene at the Supreme Court of Canada in the case of Privacy Commissioner of Canada v. Blood Tribe Department of Health.

The issue in the case is whether the Privacy Commissioner of Canada can compel production of documents protected by solicitor-client privilege to verify a claim of privilege being asserted under the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (“PIPEDA”). Other intervenors include the Canadian Bar Association, the Advocates Society, the AG Canada and the privacy commissioners of a number of provinces.

Federation of Law Societies witnesses before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security urged changes to the proposed law establishing Special Advocate regime in security certificate cases.

The Supreme Court of Canada order is here.

You can download the factum submitted by the Federation here.