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Developments In Administrative Law: The 2008-2009 Term -- Contemplating Legislative (Im)Precision, Laverne Jacobs Jan 2009

Developments In Administrative Law: The 2008-2009 Term -- Contemplating Legislative (Im)Precision, Laverne Jacobs

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This article examines two key administrative law decisions of the 2008-2009 Supreme Court of Canada term. Canada (Citizenship and Immigration) v. Khosa 2009 SCC 12 [Khosa] and Canada (Privacy Commissioner) v. Blood Tribe Department of Health 2008 SCC 44 [Blood Tribe]. Following on the footsteps of Dunsmuir, the landmark decision of 2008 that eliminated the patent unreasonableness standard, members of the Supreme Court of Canada in Khosa debated the proper interpretation of judicial review legislation. Specifically, the central issue in Khosa was whether subsection 18.1 (4)(d) of the Federal Courts Act provides a legislated standard of review that ...