Mechanic files human rights complaint over revoked licence

Dalhousie mechanic Andrew Valdron filed a human rights complaint after the province revoked his mechanic's licence.

Dalhousie's Andrew Valdron says he feels he's being discriminated against because of his age

Andrew Valdron, 78, files human rights complaint after N.B. yanks his licence. 2:17

Dalhousie mechanic Andrew Valdron says the provincial government unfairly revoked his mechanic's licence after an inspection sticker from his shop was found on a vehicle unfit for the road.

After having a meeting with the Department of Public Safety over the matter, he filed a complaint with the New Brunswick Human Rights Commission.

Valdron says the sticker, and many like it, were stolen from his shop. He said he believes the provincial government revoked his licence because of his age and a recent cancer diagnosis.

"I've got a [police] report that they're stolen stickers. ... How did they justify sending that letter that I have not performed a proper inspection on a car?” he said.

Valdron says that after the sticker was found on the unfit vehicle, it was traced to his shop. The provincial government then investigated, held a meeting with him and sent a letter from the Registrar of Motor Vehicles revoking his licence.

Valdron said he believes there is no justification for revoking his licence.

"At the end of the meeting, they said, ‘How old are ya?’ I said 35. 'They said, ‘No, really, how old are you?’ And I said, ‘I was born in 1936.’ And he says, ‘That makes you 78,'" he says.

"Dennis, my lawyer, figures that there's more than what's on the paper. There's more to it than that. He [the registrar] had something else on his mind."

The Department of Public Safety did not respond to a request for comment on Valdron's statements.

Valdron says that he has no plans to retire, nor to let his illness slow him down. For those reasons, he says he doesn’t want the licence revocation to continue hurting his reputation or business.

"If I sat there and said, ‘Oh my gosh, I have cancer. I can't afford the pills I need. I got trouble.’ Well, am I going to last until Christmas or not? I don't think of that. I want to die with my boots on," he says.


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