BREAKING: CBC loses major lawsuit against Conservative Party

The decision reads that the court found the Conservatives' use of CBC footage was fair.

Roberto Wakerell-Cruz Montreal QC

The CBC has lost its lawsuit against the Conservative Party.

The lawsuit, which stemmed from the Conservatives' use of CBC footage in advertisements during the 2019 federal election.

The decision reads that the court found the Conservatives' use of the footage was fair.

"As indicated at the outset of this Decision, the CBC had requested a wide ranging injunction. The terms of such an injunction would have been to create a code for the Respondents to follow in its political advertising. Such a code is difficult to craft and enforce. CBC amended its request relief to a declaration of right alone. This is an unusual remedy but not unknown either in principle or practice. However, given the Court's disposition, a simple dismissal is the appropriate and necessary remedy," the court's decision reads.

According to Blacklock's Reporter, Cabinet has not made the cost of the CBC's lawsuit against the Conservative Party.

Lawyers were hired from Stockwoods LLP. "Rates charged by Stockwoods’ counsel are not listed; fees for copyright lawyers typically range from $400 to $700 per billable hour," Blacklock's writes.

Many have said that the CBC's lawsuit against a political party shows that the bias against the Conservatives makes it so that "it isn't just perceived anymore."

"Not only does the lawsuit fuel perceptions of bias, but it causes enormous damage to CBC journalists – Rosemary Barton and John Paul Tasker – who are both named as plaintiffs in the lawsuit," wrote Canadian academic Michael Geist.

PHOTO: CBC host Rosemary Barton takes selfie with Justin Trudeau

"In the case of the CBC lawsuit against the Conservative Party, however, the bias is not merely perceived. It is real," Warren Kinsella wrote in 2019.


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