“The passage of the present form of bylaw is too broad and will guarantee another lawsuit,” lawyer Clive Ansley, who was involved in Falun Gong’s successful five-year court battle against the city, told councillors at a committee hearing.
He also chastised high-level city staff for having confidential communications with Chinese officials before drafting their proposal. (The staffers also spoke with the Falun Gong and B.C. Civil Liberties Association.)
“It’s strange that we would consult with the consul general of a foreign government” for input into a bylaw.
“I find it disgraceful and indefensible,” said Ansley.