Book Review of Corporate Law in Canada: The Governing Principles

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corporate law, social and political role of the corporation, decontextualization


This review will not accord with the normal conventions of law journal book reviews which suggest that the reviewer might focus on the accuracy of the author's interpretations and categorizations of the law, or to praise Weiling for the tightness of his revised sections on how to prove a corporate agent's authority and the common law theory of ostensible authority, or to criticise his still opaque overview of cumulative voting, or to contest his polemics against Laskin l's "corporate opportunity doctrine" in Canadian Aero Service v. O'Malley and the statutory oppression provisions. While these would be appropriate and beneficial discussions, they fail to address what I consider to be the core problematic of the book: that its democratic pretensions and rhetoric are undermined by its hierarchical and exclusivist substance.

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