The External Context
Examination of proof of and uses of an enactment’s factual and ideological setting, including historical, social, political, cultural and economic conditions.
Ruth Sullivan taught English literature and composition at Montreal’s Concordia University before obtaining degrees in common law and civil law from McGill University and a master’s degree in legislation from the University of Ottawa. She clerked for the Right Honourable Chief Justice Bora Laskin in 1982 and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1984. After twenty-seven years of teaching at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law, she retired from the faculty and became an employee of the Legislative Services Branch of the Department of Justice, where she continues to work.