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Westar Mining Ltd. (Re), [1993] 1 S.C.R. 890

 

United Mine Workers of America

International Union and United

Mine Workers of America, Local 7292                                            Applicants

 

v.

 

Larry Bell, Robert Chase and Peter Dolezal                                   Respondents

 

and

 

Greenhills Workers' Association                                                      Respondent

 

and

 

Three Hundred Non‑Union Employees                                            Respondents

 

and between

 

Larry Bell, Robert Chase and Peter Dolezal                                   Applicants

 

v.

 

United Mine Workers of America International

Union and United Mine Workers of America,

Local 7292                    Respondents

 

and

 

Greenhills Workers' Association                                                      Respondents

 

and

 

Three Hundred Non‑Union Employees                                            Respondents

 

Indexed as:  Westar Mining Ltd. (Re)

 

File No.:  23395.

 

1993:  March 1; 1993:  March 18.

 

Present:  Sopinka, Cory, McLachlin, Iacobucci and Major JJ.

 

Applications for leave to appeal and motion to quash the applications for leave to appeal

 

                   Appeal ‑‑ Leave to appeal -- Supreme Court of Canada ‑‑ Court of Appeal refusing leave to appeal on matters arising under Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act -- Whether leave to appeal to Supreme Court of Canada may be granted ‑‑ Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act, R.S.C., 1985, c. C‑36, s. 15.

 

Cases Cited

 

                   Applied:  MacDonald v. City of Montreal, [1986] 1 S.C.R. 460.

 

Statutes and Regulations Cited

 

Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act, R.S.C., 1985, c. C‑36, s. 15.

 

                   MOTION to quash applications for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada from a refusal of the British Columbia Court of Appeal (1993), 38 A.C.W.S. (3d) 7 to grant leave to appeal from an order of the British Columbia Supreme Court (1992), 35 A.C.W.S. (3d) 148.  Motion dismissed and applications for leave to appeal granted.

 

                   Jack M. Giles, Q.C., for Bell et al.

 

                   Gwen K. Randall, Q.C., for United Mine Workers of America International Union et al.

 

                   Frank G. Potts, for Greenhills Workers' Association.

 

//Sopinka J.//

 

                   The judgment of the Court was delivered by

 

                   Sopinka J. ‑‑ The respondent Greenhills Workers' Association moved to quash the applications for leave to appeal brought by the applicants on the ground that this Court had no jurisdiction to grant leave to appeal from the refusal of a provincial appellate court to grant leave to appeal to that court on a matter arising under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act, R.S.C., 1985, C‑36 ("CCAA").  We are all of the view that this Court does have jurisdiction.

 

                   Section 15(1) CCAA provides that an appeal from a provincial court of highest resort lies to this Court upon leave being granted by this Court and s. 15(2) further states that this Court has "jurisdiction to hear and to decide according to its ordinary procedure any appeal under subsection (1)".  In the absence of any restrictions placed by the CCAA upon the jurisdiction of this Court to grant leave to appeal, the reasoning in MacDonald v. City of Montreal, [1986] 1 S.C.R. 460, applies such that this Court has a discretion to grant leave to appeal from a decision of a provincial appellate court refusing leave to appeal to that court and to hear the appeal on the merits.

 

                   The motion to quash the applications for leave to appeal is dismissed and the applications for leave to appeal are granted.

 

                   Judgment accordingly.

 

                   Solicitors for Bell et al.:  Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy, Vancouver.

 

                   Solicitors for United Mine Workers of America International Union et al.:  McCarthy Tétrault, Calgary.

 

                   Solicitors for Greenhills Workers' Association:  Lindsay Kenney, Vancouver.

 

 

 

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