By Alan Kilpatrick
How do you determine whether an old Saskatchewan statute enabled any regulations? For example, I would like to figure out whether there were any regulations enabled under The Hawkers and Pedlars Act, RSS 1953, c.296. This statute came in force in 1912 and was repealed in 1958.
In an earlier research tip, we learned that CanLII can be used to quickly identify regulations enabled under current statutes. However, CanLII only has information about Saskatchewan legislation back to 2003. The Legislative Table of Regulations from the Saskatchewan Queen’s Printer site can also be used to identify Saskatchewan regulations. However, the table only provides information about Saskatchewan legislation back to 1978.
It is usually necessary to consult a print set of statutes to determine whether a statute before 1978 enabled any regulations. Fortunately, the Law Society of Saskatchewan Library carries a complete set of Saskatchewan statutes dating back to the 1870s.
Print volumes of Saskatchewan Statutes before 1978 contained a list of all regulations made under statutory authority at the back of the volume. Flipping to the end of the 1958 statute volume, the year this act was repealed, we can determine the answer to our question. The Hawkers and Pedlars Act enabled one regulation – Regulations governing production of license – from September 7, 1943.
If necessary, we can obtain the text of the regulation by reviewing the September 7, 1943, issue of the Saskatchewan Gazette.
If you have any questions, ask a Law Society Librarian. We are pleased to provide legal research assistance to Saskatchewan members in person, on the telephone, or by email.
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