The Public Affairs Committee (PAC) is TLABC’s fundraising arm for non-operational expenses, generally in the form of special projects and initiatives. Whereas operational expenses cover day-to-day office needs, PAC funds are in place to ensure TLABC can follow through, when and where needed, with regard to seeking justice and fighting back against threats to the rights of individuals.
We have recently had a success that you should all know about!
The TLABC Legislative Committee has been fighting for over 5 years for changes to the Class Proceedings Act. Currently if you start a class action in BC, you only act for BC members of the class and others in Canada can opt in to the BC class. This means that that once a class action is commenced in BC, counsel will be deemed to be acting for all members of the class in Canada. There can then be a beauty contest between firms in other jurisdictions for a case, but these changes will put us in the running to start class actions that are of national significance and compete for carriage of them with lawyers in Toronto and elsewhere.
Big thanks to Past-President, Richard Parsons for leading this charge!