Businesses in Canada Should Not Be Able to Sue for Defamation

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Businesses in Canada should not be able to sue for defamation because a corporation is not a person. Defamation is easy to allege but hard to defend, and there are effective alternatives to respond to it.
Corporations may be designed and operated by people, but corporations are not human beings. John Paul Stevens, a retired associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States can provide support stating:
Corporations have no consciences, no beliefs, no feelings, no thoughts, no desires. Corporations help structure and facilitate the activities of human beings, to be sure, and their 'personhood' often serves as a useful legal fiction. But they are not themselves members of “We the People” by whom and for whom our Constitution was established. {insert refernce}
With the belief that a corporation is not a person, the definition of defamation suggests corporations should not be able to sue for defamation. According to the Canadian Bar Association “Defamation is communication about a person that tends to hurt the person's reputation. It causes the reader or listener to think less of the person. The communication must be made to other people, not just to the person it's about.” The fact that
Corporations are not human entities is not the only reason businesses in Canada should not be allowed to sue for defamation. Defamation is also easy to allege but hard to defend. Since Corporations have substantial financial and legal resources, including teams of corporate lawyers on retainer, they can simply out spend and eventually bankrupt private individuals with endless legal proceedings.
In defamation, the plaintiff does not have to prove they suffered any actual loss to their reputation, or that the statement against them was false. It falls on the defendant to prove the statement was true. This process takes a lot of time and money. As a result, rather than…...

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