Overseas Decisions Bulletin



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Supreme Court of Canada: 2015 SCC 51.
Judgment delivered: 13 November 2015.
Coram: McLachlin CJ, Abella, Rothstein, Cromwell, Moldaver, Karakatsanis, Wagner, Gascon and Cote JJ.
Catchwords:
Constitutional law — Division of powers — Federal paramountcy — Bankruptcy and insolvency — Property and civil rights — Judgment debt owed to province constituted claim provable in debtor’s bankruptcy — Debtor obtained absolute discharge in bankruptcy — Federal legislation governing bankruptcy providing for debtor’s release from all claims provable in bankruptcy upon discharge — Whether provincial legislation providing for continuing suspension of debtor’s driver’s licence and motor vehicle permits until payment of judgment debt constitutionally inoperative by reason of doctrine of federal paramountcy — Test for determining whether operational conflict exists — Whether federal and provincial legislation can operate side by side without conflict — Whether operation of provincial law frustrates purpose of federal law — Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. B‑3 , s. 178(2) — Traffic Safety Act, R.S.A. 2000, c. T‑6, s. 102.
Held (9:0): Appeal dismissed.

407 ETR Concession Co. v Canada (Superintendent of Bankruptcy)




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