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SCC Decision: March 7, 2008

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Dunsmuir v. New Brunswick, 2008 SCC 9
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(Administrative law / procedural fairness / standard of review)
D’s employment with the Department of Justice for the Province of New Brunswick was terminated. D alleged that the employer’s actions in terminating him were without notice, due process or procedural fairness, and that the length of the notice period was inadequate. The Court held that D was not entitled to procedural fairness and that his relationship with his employer was governed by contract. The Court modified administrative law in Canada in a significant way by eliminating patent unreasonableness as a standard of review and declaring that there ought to be only two standards of review: correctness and reasonableness.  
Majority/Concurring/Concurring: 5/3/1