May 30, 1939 (18th Parliament, 4th Session)

LIB

Ernest Lapointe (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. LAPOINTE (Quebec East):

This bill is merely a consolidation of two English acts dealing with the same matter. The first of those, The Official Secrets Act of 1911, applied to Canada. As a result of experiences during the war it was deemed advisable by the British parliament to amend that act considerably, and those amendments were made in 1920. The act of 1911 was amended in many particulars. The latest measure provided expressly that the provisions should not be enforced in Canada; so that if our law were permitted to remain as it is at present we should be operating under the old Official Secrets Act

Official Secrets
of 1911, which in certain respects is obsolete and does not meet present conditions. Of course under the statute of Westminster we make it entirely a Canadian statute. The 1911 act which applied to Canada is repealed and replaced by this bill which combines the two acts in force in the United Kingdom. There is no difference except that they are made applicable to Canada and Canadian conditions.

Topic:   OFFICIAL SECRETS
Subtopic:   CONSOLIDATION OF IMPERIAL STATUTES TO FORM PART OF LAW OF CANADA
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