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Description found in Archives

Solicitor General Secretariat fonds [textual record, moving images, sound recording] 



Place of creation

No place, unknown, or undetermined

ca. 3.42 m of textual records
138 audio cassettes (60 h)
50 audio reels (2 h)
41 videocassettes (32 h, 30 min)
13 film reels (6 h)

Added language of material: French

Scope and content

Fonds consists of records created and/or maintained by the Solicitor General Secretariat and its predecessors. Researchers are cautioned that unprocessed textual records and records in other media are not reflected in this description. Audio-visual material is described in the series entitled Library and Reference Centre.

Multiple media - for use in descriptive records only
96: Restrictions vary
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Terms of use

Copyright belongs to the Crown.

Finding aids are available. See lower level descriptions and accession records in ArchiviaNet (the NA website). (Other)

Biography / Administrative history

The Department of the Solicitor General was created in 1966. Its legal existence is based on the Government Organization Act, 1966 (SC 1966-67, c.25, s.2) and the Department of the Solicitor General Act (RSC 1985, c.S-13, s.2). The goal in creating the Department was to bring the major federal operational elements concerned with the administration of the criminal justice system under the direction and supervision of the Solicitor General.

The Office of Solicitor General of Canada was created on 3 December 1892 by an Act which designated the Solicitor General as an officer to assist the Minister of Justice. The office did not become a Cabinet post until 2 October 1915. The Office of Solicitor General remained a cabinet post until 23 October 1935 when it was abolished. From this date until 1945, the Office did not exist, and its former responsibilities were taken over by the Office of the Attorney General of Canada. The Solicitor General Act of 1945 reestablished the Office. At the same time, the Solicitor General became a cabinet post again.

The Solicitor General is the Cabinet minister with primary responsibility in the fields of corrections and law enforcement. He/she is also responsible for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Correctional Service of Canada, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, and the National Parole Board. These bodies are independent agencies that report to Parliament through the Solicitor General. The Department of the Solicitor General is comprised of the Secretariat, which provides strategic and corporate advice to the Solicitor General, and develops policy in the areas of police, security, counter-terrorism, and corrections.

Additional information

Source of title
Department of the Solicitor General Act, R.S., c. S-12, s.1; Solicitor General Canada Annual Report 1991-92.

Further accruals are expected.


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