B.C. Supreme Court Justice David A. Crerar will preside over a proposed pandemic-related class-action lawsuit against Dr. Bonnie Henry and the B.C. government.

The first teleconference between the parties has been scheduled for August 10, according to a plaintiff leading those suing. The group calling itself the Canadian Society for the Advancement of Science in Public Policy alleges that individuals’ constitutional rights were infringed by public health orders which restricted their freedoms. A web-based fundraising campaign has attracted 262 donors and about $36,000, far short of the $100,000 goal.

Crerar is a relatively new judge (appointed in 2019) but he has vast expertise in the areas of civil liberties and trial procedures, writing and editing various texts on dispute litigation, trial procedures and legal remedies.

Crerar got his law degree from the University of Toronto and was called to the bar of British Columbia in 1998. His biography says he was the national leader of the Borden Ladner Gervais (BLG) law firm’s defamation and media group.

From 2004 to 2018, he was an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia law school.

A previous article about the lawsuit against Henry and the BC government can be read here:

BC government lawyers file response to pandemic lawsuit against Dr. Bonnie Henry