Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Political Science


Political Science, General.


Pawley, Howard,




The increased appearance of intervenors at the Supreme Court of Canada has received much attention since the advent of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Political scientists have studied the quantitative increase in cases with intervenor presence, but have yet to take the next logical step. The next step is to analyse the influence of intervenors at the Supreme Court and this requires that a new method of data analysis be utilized. This thesis investigates the influence of intervenors before the Supreme Court of Canada and poses the following research questions: (1) do intervenors attract the attention of the Supreme Court Justices within the Justices' written decisions? and (2) if the jurists are found to acknowledge the intervenors in their decisions, what is the form of this acknowledgement? In other words, is the intervenor acknowledged independently or is the intervenor linked to the arguments put forth by the appellant or the respondent? (Abstract shortened by UMI.)Dept. of History, Philosophy, and Political Science. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis2000 .B86. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 40-03, page: 0598. Adviser: Howard Pawley. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 2000.