Termination saga of Via Rail chair takes another turn

Federal Court of Appeal overturns reinstatement order after Jean Pelletier fired a second time
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian Employment Law Today

The reinstatement of a former Via Rail chairman has been overturned by the Federal Court of Appeal after he was fired twice.

Jean Pelletier, 70, formerly chief of staff to Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, was appointed to a five-year term as chairman of Via Rail on Sept. 1, 2001. However, former Olympic gold medalist and Via Rail employee Myriam Bédard testified in February 2004 that Pelletier was involved in the Chrétien government’s sponsorship scandal and he contributed to her departure from the Crown corporation. Pelletier then publicly insulted her, referring to her as a “pitiable” single mother in a media interview.

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