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Constitutional debate before the Supreme Court of Canada

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Tessier Ltd.

This case concerns a constitutional debate before the Supreme Court of Canada regarding the division of powers in labour relations matters of an employer engaged in stevedoring operations.

It was established by the highest court in the land that the federal government has jurisdiction to regulate labour relations in two circumstances. First, Parliament has direct jurisdiction when the employment relates to a work, undertaking or business within federal legislative authority, and second, when it is an integral part of a federally-regulated undertaking.

A Fasken team consisting of Sébastien Gobeil and Maxime-Arnaud Keable represented Tessier Ltée in this case.


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