Researching Manitoba Statutes


The origin of new legislation

New legislation sponsored by the government, known as government bills, originates in government departments. New legislation can also originate from bills sponsored by members of the legislature, known as private member’s bills, or from initiatives by private parties, known as private bills. This page deals …

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Statute revisions

Traditionally, a general revision of the Manitoba statutes took place every 15 to 20 years. However, there has not been a general revision since Manitoba’s statutes were re-enacted in 1987, in response to the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in Re Manitoba Language Rights, [1985] 1 SCR …

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The nature of regulations

Subordinate legislation includes regulations, orders, directives, bylaws, and proclamations.

The Statutes and Regulations Act and The Interpretation Act govern regulations. A regulation is more than merely administrative. It affects the public, rather than an individual or small group.

Regulations contain such details as standard hours of …

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Judicial consideration

Best practices

Finding judicial consideration of a statutory provision (noting up) involves looking for decisions that have considered that particular statutory provision. References are located by using the citation to the legislation. If there is not much judicial consideration of the current version of the legislation, you can trace the …

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Statutory research texts

Rt Hon Michel Bastarache et al, The Law of Bilingual Interpretation (Markham: LexisNexis, 2008).

Stéphane Beaulac, Handbook on Statutory Interpretation: General Methodology, Canadian Charter and International Law (Markham: LexisNexis, 2008).

Stéphane Beaulac, Frédéric Bérard, Précis d’interprétation législative, 2nd ed (Markham: LexisNexis, 2014).

Francis AR Bennion & Oliver Jones, Bennion

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