Is an opposing or interested party considered to be a party?

Alberta, Canada

The following excerpt is from Re Fricker (Estate of), 2005 ABQB 972 (CanLII):

To the contrary is a recent case from Ontario, Bennett v. Smith (supra). The applicant in that motion, the estate trustee, was making an application for directions. The Judge says: "In the circumstances it may well be arguable as to whether the applicant should be considered as "an opposite or interested party" given that she does not stand to gain anything from the outcome of this application. On the other hand she is a party".

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