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A mari usque ad mare is a Latin phrase that translates to from sea to sea in English. While it’s not typically used as a legal maxim in the same way as other Latin phrases, it has significant symbolic and historical relevance, particularly in Canada.
The phrase is used as the national motto of Canada, representing the breadth of the country’s lands from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. It is derived from Psalm 72:8 in the Bible, which reads: He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth (King James Version).
For example, in a case involving a dispute between provinces over resource rights, a lawyer might invoke a mari usque ad mare to underscore the importance of maintaining a unified approach to resource management across Canada’s vast geographical expanse.