The City of Surrey and BC Ferries are being sued by a group trying to legalize marijuana in this province.
Transit police have already offered assurances Sensible BC canvassers will not be harassed when they try to collect signatures, but the two organizations facing legal action have refused to make the same commitments.
The group’s Dana Larsen says the lawsuit isn’t about money.
He says, “This is probably going to cost us money. We want to make sure that in the future, if we have to try this again or anybody else who wants to engage in the democratic process, that they’re not have their Charter rights violated by these groups that seem to think that they have the ability to stop us engaging in the democratic process.”
Larsen says, when BC Ferries staff called police, the RCMP declined to make any arrests.
Surrey has a bylaw banning any sort of canvassing or signature-gathering in public spaces and he says that violates human rights.