AuthorJohn Mark Keyes/Wendy Gordon
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Understanding what legislation means in general does not itself
answer the question of how it applies in a particular fact situation.
Legislation is seldom interpreted in the abstract. People read it to
resolve practical questions arising in particular circumstances. e
attention of courts is overwhelmingly focused on resolving these
questions. And application provisions do not resolve all questions
about how legislation applies in particular circumstances; applica-
tion provisions often themselves require interpretation to under-
stand how they apply.
e meaning attributed to a legislative text is inf‌luenced by the
facts to which it is being applied. is is clearly demonstrated by the
way Canadian courts use the concept of plausibility and consider
the consequences of applying an interpretation to particular facts
(consequential analysis). is chapter begins by considering how
they do this.
Legislation sometimes contains application provisions describ-
ing what its other provisions apply to. Application provisions are
typically found at the beginning of legislation along with def‌in-
itions and other interpretive provisions, which also inform the
application of the rest of the legislation.

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