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An act to confer certain powers upon the Governor in Council and to amend the immigration act (the "War Measures Act")

Title

An act to confer certain powers upon the Governor in Council and to amend the immigration act (the "War Measures Act")

Subject

Canada, history, Japanese Canadians, Japanese internment, War Measures Act

Description

The War Measures Act is a Canadian Statute, first introduced in 1914. The purpose of the Act was to give the federal government absolute authority in times of war and other moments of national crisis.
In 1942, Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King used the War Measures Act to deal with Japanese-Canadians (who were deemed as enemies of the state). That is, the War Measures Act gave him the power to invoke laws/legislation that would have otherwise violated the existing laws.

Creator

Parliament of Canada

Source

Ottawa : J. de L. TacheĢ, [1914]

Publisher

Date

1914

Rights

Not clear.

Format

image file/jpeg

Language

English

Type

Photograph of document

Original Format

Photograph

Files

war measures act.jpg

Citation

Parliament of Canada, “An act to confer certain powers upon the Governor in Council and to amend the immigration act (the "War Measures Act"),” Exhibits, accessed June 8, 2023, https://exhibits.library.utoronto.ca/items/show/2100.