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Encyclopedia > Pith and substance

The phrase "pith and substance" is a legal phrase used in Canadian law to describe the core meaning or purpose of a piece of legislation. More generally, it is an interpretive doctrine used in constitutional law in reference to cases debating what juristiction a particular legislation falls under.

Several Supreme Court of Canada cases deal with "pith and substance". In 2000, the Supreme Court Firearms Act Reference dealt with idenifying the pith and substance of a new gun control law, trying to determine whether the core of the act was dealing public safety which fall under criminal law, hence a Federal issue; or civil law and property law, hence a provincal issue.

Other cases dealing with "pith and substance" include:

  • Boggs v. R.
  • Labatt Beweries of Canada Ltd. v. A. G. Canada
  • Margarine case
  • Switzman v. Elbling
  • Westendorp v. R.

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Pith and substance - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (574 words)
In many circumstances where a law is found to be valid under the pith and substance test the law may also have some incidental or ancillary effects upon matters outside of the government's jurisdiction.
The Pith and Substance doctrine as applied in the jurisprudence of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, effectively the British Imperial Court of Appeal, has been carried to other Commonwealth federations.
The substance of the doctrine has been cast in legislative form in the Scotland Act 1998 for the purpose of devolution to Scotland.
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