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Privacy Act (Can.) (Re.), [2001] 3 S.C.R. 905, 2001 SCC 89

 

The Privacy Commissioner of Canada                                                            Appellant

 

v.

 

The Attorney General of Canada                                                                 Respondent

 

Indexed as:  Privacy Act (Can.) (Re)

 

Neutral citation:  2001 SCC 89.

 

File No.:  27846.

 

2001:  November 7; 2001:  December 7.

 

Present:  McLachlin C.J. and L’Heureux‑Dubé, Gonthier, Iacobucci, Major, Bastarache, Binnie, Arbour and LeBel JJ.

 

on appeal from the federal court of appeal

 

Privacy -- Disclosure of personal information -- Revenue Canada (Customs) disclosing information to Canada Employment Insurance Commission pursuant to memorandum of understanding for data capture and release of customs information on travellers -‑ Program aimed at identifying those receiving employment insurance benefits while out of Canada -- Disclosure of  information authorized by Privacy Act and Customs Act -- Privacy Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. P‑21, s. 8 -- Customs Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. 1 (2nd Supp.), s. 108(1).


Customs and Excise -- Disclosure of information -- Revenue Canada (Customs) disclosing information to Canada Employment Insurance Commission pursuant to memorandum of understanding for data capture and release of customs information on travellers -- Program aimed at identifying those receiving employment insurance benefits while out of Canada -- Disclosure of information  authorized by Privacy Act and Customs Act -- Privacy Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. P‑21, s. 8 -- Customs Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. 1 (2nd Supp.), s. 108(1).

 

Employment insurance -- Disentitlement -- Persons outside Canada -- Revenue Canada (Customs) disclosing information to Canada Employment Insurance Commission pursuant to memorandum of understanding for data capture and release of customs information on travellers -- Program aimed at identifying those receiving employment insurance benefits while out of Canada -- Disclosure of information authorized by Privacy Act and Customs Act -- Privacy Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. P‑21, s. 8 -- Customs Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. 1 (2nd Supp.), s. 108(1).

 

APPEAL from a judgment of the Federal Court of Appeal, [2000] 3 F.C. 82, 251 N.R. 379 (sub nom. Privacy Commissioner v. Canada (Attorney General)), [2000] F.C.J. No. 179 (QL), setting aside an opinion of a motions judge, [1999] 2 F.C. 543, 162 F.T.R. 245, [1999] F.C.J. No. 89 (QL).  Appeal dismissed.

 

Brian A. Crane, Q.C., and Ritu Gambhir, for the appellant.

 

Brian J. Saunders and Anne M. Turley, for the respondent.

 

The following is the judgment delivered by

 


1                                   The Court -- We are all of the view that the appeal should be dismissed substantially for the reasons of Décary J.A. for the Federal Court of Appeal, [2000] 3 F.C. 82.

 

Appeal dismissed.

 

Solicitors for the appellant:  Gowling Lafleur Henderson, Ottawa.

 

Solicitor for the respondent:  The Attorney General of Canada, Ottawa.

 

 

 

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