R. v. McLellan Supply Ltd. and Scott (S.F.) Manufacturing Co., (1985) 64 A.R. 6 (ProvCt)

Judge:Wambolt, P.C.J.
Court:Provincial Court (Alberta)
Case Date:February 28, 1985
Jurisdiction:Alberta
Citations:(1985), 64 A.R. 6 (ProvCt)
 
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R. v. McLellan Supply Ltd. (1985), 64 A.R. 6 (ProvCt)

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R. v. McLellan Supply Limited and S.F. Scott Manufacturing Company Limited

Indexed As: R. v. McLellan Supply Ltd. and Scott (S.F.) Manufacturing Co.

Alberta Provincial Court

Wambolt, P.C.J.

February 28, 1985.

Summary:

Two corporations were charged with an offence contrary to s. 32.2(2) of the Combines Investigation Act. The accused applied to the Alberta Provincial Court to stay the proceedings and quash the information because of an alleged infringement of their rights under s. 11(b) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The Alberta Provincial Court dismissed the application, on the ground that it lacked jurisdiction to grant a remedy under s. 24(1) of the Charter.

Civil Rights - Topic 8363

Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms - Denial of rights - Jurisdiction - The Alberta Provincial Court held that a Provincial Court judge prior to or during a preliminary inquiry has no jurisdiction to hear an application for a remedy under s. 24(1) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms - Specifically, the Provincial Court held that it lacked jurisdiction to grant a remedy under s. 24(1) respecting a charge under the Combines Investigation Act.

Words and Phrases

Court of competent jurisdiction - The Alberta Provincial Court discussed the meaning of, as found in s. 24(1) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, 1982 - See paragraph 6.

Cases Noticed:

R. v. Thompson (1983), 8 C.C.C.(3d) 127 (B.C.C.A.), not appld. [para. 3].

R. v. Big M Drug Mart (1983), 9 C.C.C.(3d) 310; 49 A.R. 194 (Alta. C.A.), dist. [para. 6].

Re: Regina and Brooks et al. (1983), 1 C.C.C.(3d) 506 (Ont. H.C.), ref'd to. [para. 6].

Re: Regina and Morrison (1984), 13 C.C.C.(3d) 386 (Ont. H.C.), ref'd to. [para. 7].

R. v. Dennis, Kubin and Frank (1984), 55 A.R. 366 (N.W.T.C.A.), ref'd to. [para. 8].

Statutes Noticed:

Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, 1982, sect. 24(1) [paras. 1-2].

Criminal Code of Canada, R.S.C. 1970, c. C-34, sect. 463 [para. 2]; sect. 466 [para. 2].

Combines Investigation Act, R.S.C. 1970, c. C-23, sect. 32.2 [para. 2]; sect. 44 [para. 2].

Counsel:

D. Miller, for the Crown;

D. Kolody, for the accused.

This application was heard before Wambolt, P.C.J., of the Alberta Provincial Court, whose decision was delivered on February 28, 1985.

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