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Posted November 9, 2009
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Top Constitutional Law Experts to Discuss National Securities Regulator

TORONTO - The constitutional battle over the proposed creation of a national securities watchdog in Canada is heating up. While the federal government seeks the Supreme Court’s opinion on whether Ottawa has the power to create a national securities regulator, unwilling provinces such as Alberta and Quebec are fuming. How will this constitutional fight over economic regulation play out?

To help put the legal debate in perspective, the Jay and Barbara Hennick Centre for Business and Law at York University and Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP (Blakes), are hosting a panel discussion with four of the country’s leading constitutional law authorities at 4 p.m. on Thursday, November 12, 2009 at Blakes, 199 Bay Street, Suite 2800, Commerce Court West, Toronto.

Peter Hogg, scholar-in-residence at Blakes and former dean of York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School, will lead a panel discussion with Doug Hyndman, Chair and CEO of the Canadian Securities Transition Office; The Honourable John C. Major, retired justice of the Supreme Court of Canada; and Jean-Francois Gaudreault-DesBiens, professor of constitutional law at the Université de Montréal. The discussion will be moderated by Osgoode Professor and former dean Marilyn Pilkington.

"With the establishment of the Canadian Securities Transition Office in June 2009, Canada is on its way toward a national securities regulator," Hogg said. "This discussion will showcase some of the major elements of the debate about the most effective way to regulate the nation's securities industry and manage the transition to a federal regime."

"We are so pleased to be co-hosting this important seminar with Blakes," said Hennick Centre director Edward Waitzer. "The esteemed panel promises a lively discussion of an issue with particular relevance now that the federal government has indicated that it will seek a determination from the Supreme Court on the constitutionality of the national securities regulator."

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