SCC Considers Defamation Lawsuit Against Chilliwack School Board Board Member Barry Neufeld and BCTF Glenn Hansman


Canada’s Supreme Court is due next month to consider a defamation lawsuit against the former principal of a British Columbia teacher. The Commonwealth (BCTF) could proceed if observers say it could significantly affect the willingness of elected officials to speak out on their concerns.

Longtime Chilliwack trustee Barry Neufeld filed the lawsuit in 2018, following a series of events that began in October 2017.

“At the risk of being labeled bigoted and homophobic, I have to say that I stand by traditional family values ​​and agree with the Pediatrician College to allow small children. To do” [to] Choosing to change gender is nothing short of child abuse.But now the BC Department of Education [has] Embracing the LGBTQ lobby and pushing this biologically absurd theory onto the kids in our school.

Glenn Hansman, who was head of the BCTF at the time, accused Neufeld of quoting him in the media, and appeared 11 times in the next 12 months. or he should be dismissed as a school board member. Neufeld said “Fostered hatred” “Exposed” [trans people] hate”, “very far into hate speech” and “continued to spread hatred towards LGBTQ people”.

in him Statement of Claim to BC Supreme Court When he filed the lawsuit, Neufeld “damaged his reputation… [and] Insults, personal harassment, stress, anxiety, mental and emotional distress.

Hansmann tried to drop the lawsuit shortly after the Public Participation Protection Act went into effect in March 2019. Decided on November 26, 2019. but this Rejected At the BC Court of Appeal on June 9, 2021.This year he was appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada on January 13th. appealed to Hansmann.

“I don’t understand why schools are pushing this.”

The case will be heard on October 11, just four days before sentencing. October 15th BC General Election in which Neufeld is running for school board. A former counselor for at-risk youth told The Epoch Times that he made a special exception for being called at-risk to students, and that his concern for students prompted him to speak up.

“If these girls [and boys] I may say nothing, but I’m not. They’re miserable, they’re mad at their families, they’re mad at their schools, they’re mad at everyone. Then, in their mid-20s, they realize the stupid mistake they made. More and more people are demigrating. I don’t understand why schools are pushing this, even in kindergarten,” Neufeld said.

“Not moving. Canada is slow. European countries are already moving away from children in transition, closing the Tavistock Gender Clinic in the UK. Finland and Sweden currently prohibit children from exercising until they are 18.” But here in British Columbia, we recommend it for adolescents and pre-adolescents.”

Neufeld’s attorney, Paul Jaffe, said his client suffered a “slander campaign” that included “vicious, vicious attacks” and “completely ridiculous” complaints. BC Human Rights Court It remains open.

“It’s been four and a half years since then, and the court still hasn’t even set a hearing date,” he said. “If he is not tried within 30 months of committing the murder, the trial will be overturned.”

Hansmann moved to drop the lawsuit shortly after the Protection of Public Participation Act (PPPA) went into effect in March 2019, three days before Neufeld received disclosures from Hansmann, according to Jaffe. PPPA applies retroactively. Lawsuits Commenced on or After May 15, 2018brings the Neufeld case within its scope.

He believes PPPA should protect Neufeld, not be used against him.

“The overall purpose of the law is to prevent abusive court proceedings against individuals who are brave enough to speak out on controversial issues, generally instigated by powerful groups such as governments and public sector unions. ‘ said Jaffe.

Neufeld is raising funds go fund me His legal battle against what Jaffe says is a broad and well-funded opposition made up of people “all trying to keep Neufeld out of court.”

Hansmann and the BCTF did not respond to requests for comment from the Epoch Times.

When asked for comment on Jaffe’s alleged lack of progress in the case, a spokesperson for the Canadian Human Rights Commission said, “Because the first allegations of human rights violations have not yet been heard and no decision reached. , remains unresolved and is still ongoing.” Standing in line to listen. “

“Progressive” coat

Jaffe says the Supreme Court of Canada rarely grants leave for appeals as it did in Hansman’s case, and questions whether it will approach the case fairly.

“I am very concerned about how the court has become political. This is very disturbing.

“This is a case of total free speech.

Neufeld first elected to Chilliwack school board 1993many educators and parents agree with his stance but are afraid to say so for fear of repercussions.

“If Glenn Hansman can get away with saying that my opinion makes me unfit to be around my children, then anyone who shares that opinion will not be around my children.” So all the Christian school teachers, all the Christian private schools, are gone,” he said.

Heather Mars, a school board member who belongs to the Chilliwack Board of Education along with Neufeld, is also concerned about what will happen if the court decides against him.

“If he loses…we’re all done, because that would allow the head of the teachers’ union, really any organization, to go and lie and slander the elected people. If he loses, it will be legal for people to do so,” Mars said in an interview.

“This case will be extremely important.”

Lee Harding

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Lee Harding is a Saskatchewan-based journalist, think tank researcher, and contributor to The Epoch Times.