Canada’s high court to rule if bankruptcy wipes out court-ordered fines in B.C. case

Canada's high court to rule if bankruptcy wipes out court-ordered fines in B.C. case
The Supreme Court of Canada is shown in Ottawa, on Monday, Nov. 28, 2022.

The Supreme Court of Canada has set a December date to hear an appeal from a British Columbia couple who argue their declaration of bankruptcy should wipe out millions of dollars in court-ordered fines owed to provincial securities authorities.

The case of Thalbinder Singh Poonian and Shailu Poonian has been scheduled for Dec. 6 after Canada’s highest court granted leave to appeal earlier this year.

Court documents show the Poonians were ordered by the B.C. Securities Commission to pay back several million in profits they made and collective administrative penalties of $13.5 million for committing market manipulation.

The Poonians appealed the fine in court, arguing that the debt should be erased when they are discharged from bankruptcy.

Last year, the B.C. Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal and agreed with the securities commission that the penalty was a sanction for the couple’s fraudulent activity and won’t disappear when bankruptcy ends.

The securities commission had found share prices of a stock traded on the TSX Venture Exchange had been manipulated, and the Poonians were assessed administrative penalties and ordered to repay the amount earned from the scheme.


This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 24, 2023.

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