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Legislative Summary: Lord’s Day Act

Lord’s Day Act
Is a Territorial Act
The Act exists because the Privy Council in England struck down all Canadian provincial Sunday closing laws, on the grounds that these constituted criminal legislation, which by the BNA belonged exclusively to the Federal government. A campaign, joined not only by Protestant churches but also the Roman Catholic hierarchy and the labour movement, was organized to persuade the Federal government to enact Lord's Day legislation (wrights, 1). The Act was passed in 1906.
The act was set up to prohibit sport, entertainment, and almost all commerce on Sundays.
The legislation impacted the citizens of Canada. It regulated what people could do on Sundays. It also affected the businesses of Canada that they could not make money 7 days a week. The legislation was changed on Apr 24, 1985 - The Supreme Court of Canada found that the Lord's Day Act was contrary to the freedom of religion guaranteed in the Charter of Rights. In the Yukon the Act still exists as stated in the REVISED STATUTES OF THE YUKON 2002 in Chapter 142. It is not enforced though in the Yukon.
The intended results of the act were to give people a day of rest within the working week. It was influenced by the Churches in Canada. The influence came from their history from their original countries of origin like England.
The indirect results of the act were that the non-religious people were not able to shop on Sunday’s. The result of the act is positive because the people were able to have that day to rest.
The legislation appeared to be reactive. It was reacting to the pressures of the church and the traditions of the church.
The underlying policy behind the legislation appeared to be for the Public Good.
Lord's Day Act. (2002, January 1). Lord's Day Act. Retrieved October 14, 2012, from
WRIGHTS LANE ... come on in!: RISE AND FALL OF LORD'S DAY LEGISLATION. (2012, January 12). WRIGHTS LANE ... come on in!. Retrieved October 14, 2012, from

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