Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Context is everything

Greater Essex County District School Board v. United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry of the United States and Canada, Local 552, 2012 ONCA 482 has a nice summary of statutory interpretation:

[50]       Context is everything. As the Supreme Court of Canada observed in Bell ExpressVu Limited v. Rex, 2002 SCC 42, [2002] 2 S.C.R. 559, at para. 26, citing Elmer Dreidger, Construction of Statutes (Toronto: Butterworths, 1983) at 87, “Today there is only one principle or approach, namely, the words of an Act are to be read in their entire context and in their grammatical and ordinary sense harmoniously with the scheme of the Act, the object of the Act, and the intention of Parliament.”

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