FILE NUMBER: 18-06-003
IN THE MATTER OF THE MOTOR DEALER ACT, R.S.B.C. 1996 C.316AND THE BUSINESS PRACTICES AND CONSUMER PROTECTION ACT, S.B.C. 2004, C.2
COMPLAINANTS: Amy Bouchard and Ingrid Munro
LICENSEE/UNLICENSED PERSON: N.W. Auto Depot Ltd. (Dealer# 10578) & Westminster Motors Ltd. (Dealer # 40469) & Gordon Valente (SP#101221)
DATE OF DECISION: January 30, 2021
On November 1, 2019, acting Registrar Hunter issued a decision noting N.W. Auto Depot Ltd. and Mr. Valente:
On November 5, 2020, acting Registrar Hunter issued a decision regarding the appropriate compliance action to address the licensee’s breaches of the legislation. These included a ban on applying to be registered as a motor dealer for a period of time, prohibiting Mr. Valente from conducting consignment sales for a period of time, an administrative penalty was ordered, an order to compensate a consumer was made, as well as orders to abide by the legislation were made.
On November 22, 2020, Mr. Valente requested that the November 5, 2020, decision be reconsidered.
KEY FACTUAL AND LEGAL FINDINGS
The reconsideration provisions of the Business Practices and Consumer Protection Act envision a two-step process. First, an assessment is made of the evidence and the request itself to see if it meets the legislative requirements. If there is no new evidence which is substantial and material and could affect the original decision, then the legislation will not allow the Registrar to cancel or vary the initial decision. If the request for reconsideration meets these requirements, then the next step is to proceed with the actual reconsideration.
One exception to this rule is where the principles noted by the Supreme Court of Canada in the Chandler decision are engaged. These principles were not applicable to this case.
Acting Registrar Hunter noted Mr. Valente did not provide any new evidence on his request for reconsideration. Mr. Valente’s request for reconsideration made submissions on the evidence that was already before Acting Registrar Hunter. As there was no new evidence being presented by Mr. Valente, the statutory requirements for a reconsideration were not met.
Acting Registrar Hunter dismissed Mr. Valente’s request for reconsideration.
Business Practices and Consumer Protection Act, S.B.C. 2004, c.2, sub-section 182(2)
Chandler v. Alberta Association of Architects  2 S.C.R. 848 (Supreme Court of Canada)