Case # 35124
Attorney General of Canada v. Confédération des syndicats nationaux, et al. (January 20, 2014)
In 1999, the Syndicat national des employés de l’aluminium d’Arvida and the CSN filed actions seeking to have various provisions of the 1996 Employment Insurance Act declared unconstitutional. In 2010, the federal government terminated the Employment Insurance Account, which at the time had amassed a surplus of $57 billion. In its place the federal government established the Employment Insurance Operating Account. The establishment of the Employment Insurance Operating Account contained a mechanism which erased the surplus. The CSN and the FTQ filed an action seeking to have the initiative to erase the surplus declared unconstitutional. The CSN and the FTQ challenged the constitutionality of the initiative at the Quebec Court of Appeal.