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SCC Decision August 1, 2008

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Montréal (City) v. Quebec (Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse), 2008 SCC 48
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(Employment / criminal conviction / pardon)
In 1991 N pleaded guilty to a summary conviction charge of theft and received a conditional discharge. On expiration of the probation period associated with the conditional discharge, N automatically received a pardon. In 1995 N applied for a position as a police officer. Her application was rejected on the grounds she did not satisfy the criterion of "good moral character" imposed by the Police Act. The Court held that the rejection of N’s application was improper because the police service did not apply the proper test for assessing moral character but simply dismissed N’s application because of her criminal history.
Majority/dissenting: 6/2