Montreuil v. National Bank of Canada
2001 FCT 927, Tremblay-Lamer J.
Application for judicial review of Human Rights Commission decision rejecting applicant's complaint as inconsistent with Canadian Human Rights Act, s. 41(1)(c)--In June 1999, applicant filed complaint with Commission accusing National Bank of Canada of engaging in discriminatory conduct against him--Argued Commission's refusal constituted excess of jurisdiction--Act, s. 41(1)(c) cannot allow Commission to arbitrarily exclude complaint, prima facie within jurisdiction, solely because signature on complaint form, albeit applicant's usual signature, inconsistent with birth certificate--Complaint only first step in Commission's investigation process--Not legal proceeding per se, so formal requirements of art. 5 C.C.Q. unnecessary--Application allowed--Canadian Human Rights Act, R.S.C., 1985, c. H-6, s. 41 (as am. by S.C. 1995, c. 44, s. 49)--Civil Code of Québec, art. 5.