Courts okay favouritism of Canadians for public-service jobsSupreme Court of Canada divided over ruling which says non-citizens can apply — only if there are no qualified Canadians.By Asha Tomlinson03/11/2002|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/10/2003 In a deeply divided ruling, the Supreme Court of Canada confirmed it’s okay to favour Canadian citizens over non-citizens for public-service jobs. The recent decision upholds a federal law that says non-citizens can only apply for permanent public-service jobs if there are no qualified Canadian candidates. In a 6-3 ruling, the majority of judges said the breach of equality rights of non-citizens is reasonable and justifiable. “It only makes sense for a country as open and diverse as Canada to enact a policy that integrates its population,” Justice Michel Bastarache wrote on behalf of four majority-opinion judges. “The signal effect of the impugned provisions is not to discourage immigration, but to underscore the value of citizenship.” To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.