BPC Bulletin: The Supreme Court of Canada Rules on Denis v. Cote

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


On September 27, 2019, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled on the dispute between Marie-Maude Denis, a journalist in Quebec, and Marc-Yvan Coté, a former Quebec cabinet minister who faces criminal charges.

The court ruled 8–1 to set aside an order that would have forced Ms. Denis to reveal her confidential sources and ordered the dispute back to a lower court in Quebec for more consideration.

The Supreme Court’s ruling is its first test of Canada’s two-year-old Journalistic Sources Protection Act.

Read the ruling here:


Christian Paas-Lang of the Canadian Press reports:

CBC News reports. This page includes Carol Off’s radio interview with Ms. Denis on As It Happens:


In The Globe and Mail, Sean Fine reports:

At iPolitics, Kevin Dougherty reports:

In the Canadian Bar Association’s National Magazine, Justin Ling reports:

At JD Supra, Ricki-Lee Gerbrandt of Lawson Lundell writes:

In La Presse, Vincent Larouche reports:

May 2019

Ruty Korotaev reports for J-Source:

Thanks go to Grant Buckler who forwarded Mr. Larouche’s report in La Presse and Mr. Fine’s report in The Globe and Mail.


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