About James L.H. Sprague

I am a retired lawyer whose expertise is in the area of Canadian administrative law and Canadian federal electoral law.  I’ve authored or co-authored a number of legal texts: Macaulay and Sprague’s Practice and Procedure Before Administrative Tribunals; Hearings Before Administrative Tribunals, the Annotated 2008 Ontario Legislation Act; the Annotated British Columbia Administrative Tribunals Act (all of which are published by Carswell).  During my career I served as counsel with the Standing Joint Committee of the Senate and the House of Commons for the Scrutiny of Regulations, as counsel with the federal Department of Justice, and as a member or counsel with a number of administrative agencies.  I retired in 2006 as the head of legal services of Elections Canada.

The usual cautions will apply here.  The opinions expressed herein are my own and do not reflect those of any other person or organization.   It sets out my personal views of matters.  If at anytime I inadvertently note something incorrectly or unintentionally offend I apologize in advance and urge you to let me know a.s.a.p.   This blog does not purport to provide legal advice. If you require legal advice respecting a personal matter you should seek the assistance of a licensed lawyer.   I reserve the right to change my opinions at any time.  Also please be generous respecting the many typos and clerical errors you will likely find here.  That is one of my many failings.

This is a non-partisan blog.  My intent is to try to be as objective as possible.  However, being non-partisan means simply that I am not motivated by partisan leanings.  It does not mean that I will refrain from pointing out either the positive or negative consequences relating to things as I see them.

Lastly, these are not intended to be professional quality posting.  They are personal thoughts and subject to all the weakness and failings of writing which is not intended to be professionally crafted.