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Canada's Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the elderly can be forced to retire at a mandatory age in the interest of labor stability.

But in a landmark 5-2 ruling, the court said it is really up to legislatures to determine how they want to deal with the issue.

A group of university professors and doctors in the provinces of Ontario and British Columbia challenged their mandatory retirement at age 65 in the provinces of Ontario and Quebec.

The court said while forced retirement does violate individual equality rights, it is permissible under a section of the constitution that limits individual rights for the greater good of society.

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