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Was it Something I Said?: Losing the Majority on the Canadian Supreme Court

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The judge initially assigned the responsibility of writing the judgment of the Court has lost the votes 150 times since 1984. This paper will consider this block of cases, name the winners and losers, and identify the most significant cases.

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McCormick, Peter. "Was it Something I Said?: Losing the Majority on the Canadian Supreme Court" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the MPSA Annual National Conference, Palmer House Hotel, Hilton, Chicago, IL, Apr 03, 2008 <Not Available>. 2013-12-14 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p266121_index.html>

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McCormick, P. J. , 2008-04-03 "Was it Something I Said?: Losing the Majority on the Canadian Supreme Court" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the MPSA Annual National Conference, Palmer House Hotel, Hilton, Chicago, IL Online <PDF>. 2013-12-14 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p266121_index.html

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Abstract: The judge initially assigned the responsibility of writing the judgment of the Court has lost the votes 150 times since 1984. This paper will consider this block of cases, name the winners and losers, and identify the most significant cases.

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“Was it Something I Said?”: Losing the Majority on the Supreme Court of Canada 1984-2007 Peter McCormick Department of Political Science University of Lethbridge mccormick@uleth.ca Paper prepared for presentation at Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting Chicago Illinois April 2008 2 1 Sometimes Supreme Court judges change their minds. More specifically sometimes they indicate at conference that they are of one inclination with respect to the outcome and reasons in the immediate case but when the decision is finally
and importance. The case I have listed above do indeed point to such an area namely the rights of organized labor under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. For the unions the first decade plus was an endless string of disappointments and frustrations aggravated by the fact that most of the really major losses (Labour Trilogy Lavigne Delisle) were “swing” decisions where the more union-favourable decision seemed to prevail at conference only to erode over the opinion circulation


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