Shaunna Mireau on Canadian Legal Research

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June 25, 2008

Definition of persistence

Persistence, thy name is Senator Tommy Banks.

Those of you who attended the CALL/ACBD 2006 conference in Edmonton may remember Senator Banks' plenary session on a bill he introduced called: "An Act to repeal legislation that has not been brought into force within ten years of receiving royal assent"

This bill, originally introduced in the Senate on December 11, 2002 will finally become law on June 18, 2010.

Here is the path of this bill from LegisINFO:

39th Parliament - 2nd Session (Oct. 16, 2007 - )
S-207
An Act to repeal legislation that has not come into force within ten years of receiving royal assent(Statutes Repeal Act)
39th Parliament - 1st Session (April 3, 2006 - Sept. 14, 2007)
S-202
An Act to repeal legislation that has not come into force within ten years of receiving royal assent(Statutes Repeal Act)
38th Parliament - 1st Session (Oct. 4, 2004 - Nov. 29, 2005)
S-5
An Act to repeal legislation that has not come into force within ten years of receiving royal assent(Statutes Repeal Act)
37th Parliament - 3rd Session (Feb. 2, 2004 - May 23, 2004)
S-11
An Act to repeal legislation that has not come into force within ten years of receiving royal assent(Statutes Repeal Act)
37th Parliament - 2nd Session (Sept. 30, 2002 - Nov. 12, 2003)
S-12
An Act to repeal legislation that has not been brought into force within ten years of receiving royal assent(Statutes Repeal Act)

Yes - this did die on the order paper 4 times.

The concept of this legislation is that unproclaimed acts, if suddenly brought into force at a much later date than when the legislation was introduced could have a serious and negative impact on the act of today (as opposed to the act when the amendment was passed). This house cleaning law is a very interesting addition to our pantheon of legislation. I remind you of this list of statutes not in force that Senator Banks discussed at the conference

Congratulations Senator Banks.

1 Comments:

At January 08, 2010 7:46 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep posting stuff like this i really like it

 

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