Foreword To the Second Edition

AuthorFrank Iacobucci
To the Second Edition
Pension law is an example of how an area of law ca n quickly develop
and emerge as a major subject; not just for lawyers, but also particu larly
for employees, employers, and professional advisors. But even more
important is the ch allenge to society; generally, how it responds to the
myriad policy alter natives and approaches for the design and imple-
mentation of legislation that is requi red to cover the f‌ield satisfactorily.
Pension law, like other legal regimes such as tax ation, builds on num-
erous other legal subjects to make pension is sues even more complex.
Consequently, changes in those foundational subjects c all for corres-
ponding pension law adjustments, as can fundamental changes in the
economic environment of Canada, as we have recently witnessed.
The f‌irst edition of Pension Law has met with g reat success. Apart
from being the f‌irst text on the subject, it has been cited by various
tribunals a nd by all levels of court in Canad a, and many authors fre-
quently referred to it in secondary commentary. The f‌ield is a dynamic
one, with many signif‌icant judicial and legislative developments occur-
ring in the six ye ars since the f‌irst edition. For example, there have
been four pivotal decisions by the Supreme Court of Canada, and the
introduction of major reforms to pension legislation across the country.
Arguably, the 2008 economic recession was of paramount import-
ance as an impetus for a second edition. This wa s without doubt a major,
unprecedented, intervening event that te sted the coherence, integrity,
and adequacy of the pension legal envi ronment. The impact of that
occurrence was huge; hardly any entit y of any signif‌icant size e scaped

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