In Figueroa v Canada (AG) the Supreme Court determined that Section 3 explicitly grants both the right to vote and the right to run for office to all Canadian citizens. It is my contention that Facebook assaulted or impaired my right and my ability to do so on an equal playing field during the 2020 BC provincial election. They severely damaged not only my candidacy but my ability to share my message with the country via their arbitrary act of censorship. I am thus seeking to sue Facebook and will pursue this one way or the other, but it is a big project so I am interested possibly getting assistance from the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms.

Case overview:
During the last and most important week of my Victoria-Swan Lake 2020 election campaign, Facebook arbitrarily and without justification suspended me from accessing my Facebook accounts, including my campaign page where I made and disseminated all of my ads, and where I interacted with members of the public asking questions and making comments regarding my campaign. The other candidates in the election were not impaired in any way and could still use Facebook. I am the only candidate I am aware of in BC who was arbitrarily and without cause censored in this way. As my own primary digital marketer, I had planned to do an aggressive and multi-faceted Facebook advertising initiative during the last week to target my primary audience (walk-in voters) but was unable to do that in any meaningful way because of the suspension which gave no reason and no avenue of appeal. I believe this is an egregious and extremely dangerous assault on our democratic system by the most powerful communications platform in the world today. This cannot be allowed to go unchallenged. If they can do this to me they can do this to anybody. They cannot be allowed to give voice to some candidates but not others.

I am asking for the assistance of the JCCF and if agreeable we can discuss the terms and talk about media related stuff.

Thank you for your attention,

Jenn Smith

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