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What's New for 27 November, 2001?


Canadian Constitutional Documents

Still under development.

The complete set of documents is available now, here on-line, freely. With the main core done, there's the other 400 or so to do ...

Please note that these documents are the English versions. A committee was struck years ago to have them translated into an official French version for enactment, but to the best of my knowledge, it just handed in its report in 1993 and there has been nothing produced yet that is 'authorative.'

For more details on this, refer to section 55 of the Constitution Act, 1982.

If anyone has any information to the contrary, please send info along, thank you.

If anyone has something to contribute to this archive, like historical legal documents relating to the evolution of Canada, feel free to drop me a note.

Statutes of Canada

As related to the Constitution Acts, 1867 - 1993

Don't get too excited, there's only a few Acts on-line, under sections C, I, Y and J. These are the Acts mentioned in the footnotes to the Consolidation of the Constitution Acts, 1867 to 1982. Note that this section is currently being revised, and so is incomplete.

As related to Canada in General

You may try Canada's Department of Justice Web server for an almost complete selection of Acts in force today. Generally speaking, these are the Acts that one finds in the Revised Statutes of Canada, 1985, but are updated to include recent changes.

To get a full sense of which laws are really enacted now, and to find which Ministers of the Crown are responsible (i.e., which Minister in the government is responsible for the law in question), you have to consult the Table of Public Statutes, available through the above site.

New: The Canada Gazette, Parts I through III are now available at the Ministry of Public Works and Government Services web site. The Canada Gazette, among other things, publishes notices of new laws, orders-in-council, and constitutional amendments.

Canadian Aboriginal Treaties

Well....just a couple. Specifically Treaty Numbers 2, 8 and one of the Robinson Treaties.

The Department of Indian and Northern Affairs has now published all the old treaties at their site

Supreme Court of Canada Rulings

You can find all rulings dating back to the beginning of 1993. Merci à le Centre de recherche en droit public (aussi disponible en anglais) et la Faculté de Droit de l'Université de Montréal.

Hopefully, the archive will expand to include the older rulings as well.

Constitución de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos y Leyes

Many new changes have come with the arrival of the Mexican Federal Congress to the Internet. Here's an updated list of highlights on what's available:

The Constitution of South Africa (Drafts)

One of the draft documents is now available for viewing from the South African Constitutional Assembly. They are also including several historical constitutions, such as:

The final draft constitution is also online

The Constitution of the United States of America

See this Best of the Web , Document Design, '94 Nominee rendering of this document at Cornell's Law School.

The Constitution of Australia

Here is a great example of a constitutional act to compare against the Canadian one: Much more is defined in the powers of the Commonwealth of Australia Parliament, duties are more specifically defined, and they had the common sense to include an amending formula for their constitution in the first place....

The complete Acts of Australia, furnished by the Australian Legal Information Insititute

The Constitution of France

The Constitution of France, otherwise known as the Constitution of the Fifth Republic is here in French.

LOI relative à l'emploi de la langue française. Available in German, French and English.

The Constitution of Russia

The Russian Constitution is here and in Russian. This is the constitution that succeeded the Soviet Constitution. To view it, you need Cyrillic fonts, either for Windows or for X-Windows. This version may be out-of-date.

The Constitution of Japan

The Japanese Constitution is available in English or Japanese. Please note, the Japanese version requires a browser capable of interpreting and viewing Kanji characters.

Also available is a paper describing Japan's Product Liability Law
Copyright Law, available only in Japanese.

The Constitution of Ireland

The Irish constitution is reproduced in both Irish Gaelic and in English.


The General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade is available here, as well as the North American Free Trade Agreement.

More Legal pointers?

Want some more? There's lots out there listed in my legal resources page, or alternatively, refer to the The World Wide Web Virtual Library: Law section of the Virtual Library.


Please send me your comments or suggestions! I'd love to here from you.

Last updated: 8 January, 2000.

William F. Maton

Copyright (c) 1994-2001 by William F. Maton. Reproduction of any of these documents without permission strictly prohibited.