What is the test for a cause of action where a party has a materially influencing motive?

Saskatchewan, Canada


The following excerpt is from Pioneer Tractor Co. Ltd. v. Peebles, 1913 CanLII 148 (SK QB):

In Peek v. Berry (1880), 37 Ch. D. 541 at 584, Sir J. Hannen says:— That which materially influences a man in taking a step, subject to the observations already made as to the breach of moral duty on the part of those who made it, gives a cause of action. It is not necessary that it should be the sole influencing motive. If it is a materially influencing motive then unless it had been present the conduct of the plaintiff might have been different, which is sufficient.

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