The Quebec Court of Appeal upholds constitutionality of search and seizure pursuant to Canada’s Competition Act (Express Transaction Services)

Introduction On 13 June 2012 the Quebec Court of Appeal (the “Court of Appeal”) confirmed, in Express Transaction Services Inc v Canada (Attorney General) [1], the legality of a search conducted by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (the “RCMP”) pursuant to an investigation into alleged fraud under the Criminal Code of Canada (the “Criminal Code”) and deceptive telemarketing and misleading representations contrary to ss 52 and 52.1 of Canada’s Competition Act (the “Act”) [2]. The Court of Appeal held that the RCMP did not violate s 8 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (the “Charter”) [3], which guarantees the right to be secure from unreasonable search and seizure. The search was executed as part of a broader effort by the Centre of Operations Linked to Telemarketing Fraud (“COLT”)

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  • Commonwealth Secretariat (London)
  • Canadian International Joint Commission (Ottawa)

Citation

Gavin Murphy, Shane Zurbrigg, The Quebec Court of Appeal upholds constitutionality of search and seizure pursuant to Canada’s Competition Act (Express Transaction Services), 13 juin 2012, e-Competitions June 2012, Art. N° 48814

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