McLean v. British Columbia (Securities Commission)

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Curbing ‘Coherence’ as a Reason for Correctness Review in Canadian Administrative Law

Late last year, the Supreme Court of Canada derided “fashionable” claims by applicants for judicial review that a correctness standard should apply in the review of administrative decisions. Yet such claims continue to be made successfully before lower courts. Sometimes they are plausible (see here), sometimes they are not (see here, at para. 59). Clear […] Read more

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Finding the Range of Reasonableness

Ronald Dworkin gave a good example to illustrate what he called “strong” and “weak” discretion. Imagine a sergeant A who is told to pick “any five men” for a mission. Contrast her with a sergeant B told to pick “the five most experienced men”. One has strong discretion, the other weak.Dworkin’s purposes were not those […] Read more

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Time to Double Down on Dunsmuir?

The Supreme Court of Canada released a fascinating administrative law decision this morning: McLean v. British Columbia (Securities Commission), 2013 SCC 67. The majority reasons were written by Moldaver J.; Karakatsanis J. wrote a set of concurring reasons.The facts are straightforward. M entered into a settlement agreement with the Ontario Securities Commission in 2008, in […] Read more