BPC Bulletin: The Gabriels Resume Their Legal Campaign Against Mike Ward

News Reports and Commentary Selected by Franklin Carter of the Book and Periodical Council’s Freedom of Expression Committee.


In Quebec, the Gabriels have resumed their legal campaign against stand-up comedian Mike Ward.

Jérémy Gabriel is a former child singer; he has a congenital facial deformity. Sylvie Gabriel is Jérémy’s mother.

The Gabriels are suing Ward for $372,600 in civil courts. They want compensation for Ward’s mockery of them during comedy performances in past years.

Jérémy Gabriel filed a motion in Superior Court, claiming $288,000 in damages. Sylvie Gabriel filed a similar motion in the Court of Quebec for $84,600 in damages.

Ward’s lawyer, Julius Grey, declared that he would file a motion to dismiss the lawsuit.

On October 29, 2021, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that Ward did not go too far when he made jokes about Jérémy Gabriel’s physical appearance.


The Canadian Press reports:
Jeremy Gabriel and his mother sue Quebec comedian Mike Ward for $372,600 | CTV News

Steve Rukavina of CBC News reports:
Disabled singer Jérémy Gabriel and his mother file lawsuit against comedian Mike Ward | CBC News

In the Montreal Gazette, Paul Cherry reports:
Jérémy Gabriel and his mother sue comedian Mike Ward | Montreal Gazette


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