Federation of Law Societies of Canada Argues in the Supreme Court Against the Erosion of Solicitor-Client Privilege

(Posted on February 21, 2008)

The Federation of Law Societies appeared in the Supreme Court of Canada on February 21, 2008 as an intervenor in the case of Privacy Commissioner of Canada v. Blood Tribe Department of Health. The Federation argued against the appellant’s claim that the Privacy Commissioner has the power to 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”).

The Federation was represented in the proceedings by Bruce T. MacIntosh and Angus Gibbon of New Glasgow, Nova Scotia and Garner Groome of the Law Society of Alberta.

The Federation’s factum is available here.