The court hears arguments in case #28194, Michel Figueroa v. Attorney General of Canada, on November 5, 2002.
Michel Figueroa, the leader of the Communist Party of Canada, challenged the requirement in the Canada Elections Act that a political party must nominate candidates in at least 50 ridings in order to obtain and retain status as a registered party. The Ontario Court (General Division) found that the requirement unjustifiably infringed section 3 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and ordered that the requirement be read down to a two-candidate threshold. The Ontario Court of Appeal, however, struck down this ruling. Mr. Figueroa is appealing that decision to the Supreme Court.
Lawyer Peter Rosenthal presents arguments on behalf of Michel Figueroa.