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Supreme Court Hearings - Robert Meredith, et al. v. Attorney General of Canada


Case # 35424
Robert Meredith, et al. v. Attorney General of Canada (February 19, 2014)

The Treasury Board is the employer of the members of the RCMP. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police Act provides that the Treasury Board shall establish the pay and allowances paid to members of the RCMP. Following the 2008-2009 worldwide financial crisis the Treasury Board approved a modification to a previously approved RCMP pay package. The pay package which had promised pay increases for the years 2008 to 2010. The pay package had also included pay increments for economic increases and market adjustments. The appellant, on behalf of RCMP staff, sought judicial review to quash the decision of the Treasury Board. The application for judicial review also sought a declaration that the Treasury Board decision violated RCMP members’ Charter rights. Shortly thereafter, the Expenditure Restraint Act was enacted by the federal government. The Expenditure Restraint Act specifically supported the Treasury Board’s limits on pay. The appellant then amended his review application to include a challenge of the new act’s constitutionality. Le Conseil du Trésor est l’employeur des membres de la GRC. La Loi sur la Gendarmerie royale du Canada prévoit que le Conseil du Trésor établit la solde et les indemnités à verser aux membres de la GRC. À la suite de la crise économique mondiale de 2008-2009, le Conseil du Trésor a approuvé la modification après coup d’une entente conclue sur la solde des membres de la GRC. Cette rémunération prévoyait l’augmentation des taux de salaire de 2008 à 2010. Cette rémunération prévoyait aussi des augmentations économiques et la hausse de l’indemnité reliée au marché immobilier. Les appelants ont déposé une demande de contrôle judiciaire pour obtenir, au nom de l’ensemble des membres de la GRC, l’annulation de la décision du Conseil du Trésor. Cette demande de contrôle judiciaire réclamait aussi un jugement déclaratoire portant que cette décision du Conseil du T


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