The court hears arguments in case #29564, House of Commons and the Honourable Gilbert Parent v. Satnam Vaid and Canadian Human Rights Commission, on October 13, 2004.
Satnam Vaid was dismissed as a chauffeur for the Speaker of the House of Commons in 1995. He complained to the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal that it was the result of racial and/or ethnic discrimination. The House of Commons and Speaker Gilbert Parent challenged the Tribunal’s jurisdiction in the matter, and the Tribunal ultimately ruled in favour of Mr. Vaid. The House of Commons and Mr. Parent are appealing to the Supreme Court, arguing that parliamentary privilege extends to employment practices at the House of Commons.
Lawyer Neil Finkelstein presents arguments on behalf of the House of Commons and Mr. Parent. Lawyer Jacques Emond presents arguments for Satnam Vaid and the Canadian Human Rights Commission. Lawyer Catherine Beagan Flood speaks on behalf of the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, who is an intervener in the case.