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Professor Randal N. Graham


This thesis employs qualitative and quantitative methods to provide a comprehensive picture o f the judicial use o f Hansard as an extrinsic aid to statutory interpretation in the courts of Canada from 1999 to 2010. The qualitative portion of the thesis examines all Supreme Court of Canada judgments in 2010 that make reference to Hansard and Hansard-like materials. The findings are compared with the findings of Professor Stéphane Beaulac, who studied the phenomenon in 1999. The quantitative portion ofthe research examines the prevalence and distribution ofjudgments that make reference to Hansard in the Courts throughout Canada from 1999 to 2010.



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