Man's security clearance revoked after father found to be biker gang member
Toronto Pearson International Airport is seen from the CTV News chopper on Friday, July 3, 2015.
TORONTO - A Federal Court judge has ruled that the government was right to revoke an aircraft mechanic's security clearance because his father was a member of a motorcycle gang.
The ruling found that Mark Del Vecchio, who previously had clearance to work out of Toronto's Pearson International Airport, represented a potential safety risk in part due to his association with his father.
The July 18 decision from Justice Glennys McVeigh upheld a prior decision from the Minister of Transport, who has the power to grant or revoke security clearance for those with access to sensitive airport areas.
McVeigh agreed with the reasoning that Del Vecchio's clearance was revoked on a number of grounds including association with his father, who is described in the decision as a full-patch member of the Vagabonds motorcycle gang.
The decision says other factors included Del Vecchio's failure to disclose an alleged domestic incident and inconsistent disclosure of an impaired driving conviction.
McVeigh's ruling, however, places most emphasis on the relationship with Del Vecchio's father.