Trinity Western University v. British Columbia College of Teachers
|Trinity Western University v. British Columbia College of Teachers|
|Hearing: November 9, 2000
Judgment: May 17, 2001
|Full case name||British Columbia College of Teachers v. Trinity Western University and Donna Gail Lindquist|
|Chief Justice: Beverley McLachlin
Puisne Justices: Claire L'Heureux-Dubé, Charles Gonthier, Frank Iacobucci, John C. Major, Michel Bastarache, Ian Binnie, Louise Arbour, Louis LeBel
|Majority||Iacobucci and Bastarache JJ., joined by McLachlin C.J. and Gonthier, Major, Binnie, Arbour and LeBel JJ.|
Trinity Western University v. British Columbia College of Teachers,  1 S.C.R. 772, 2001 SCC 31, is a leading Supreme Court of Canada decision on the freedom of religion and the court's ability to review a private school's policies.
Trinity Western University is a private university with a Christian-based curriculum. The university started a teachers training program and applied to the British Columbia College of Teachers for the proper certification. The college rejected Trinity Western on account that the school's policy that prohibited "homosexual behaviour" violated the college's anti-discrimination policy.
Opinion of the Court
In an eight to one decision, the Court held that the college was wrong in rejecting Trinity Western on the basis of discrimination.
The lower courts in British Columbia and, later, the Supreme Court of Canada, ruled in favour of Trinity Western University, stating that there was no basis for the BCCT's decision, and, moreover, that "the concern that graduates of TWU will act in a detrimental fashion in the classroom is not supported by any evidence."
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- Full text of Supreme Court of Canada decision available at LexUM and CanLII
- The Supreme Court of Canada will hear the Trinity Western University Teacher Certification Challenge November 9 news release from Trinity Western University
- intervener factum of the Christian legal fellowship[dead link]
- intervener factum of the BC civil liberties association[dead link]
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