currently combing through Canada's legal code for laws that
have become obsolete either through changes in behavior or
by being superseded by other laws. It is a necessary process
of de-cluttering the legal code that should happen from time
League of Canada was asked to
submit a brief on a specific
section of the Criminal Code.
Specifically, Section 413. This
part of the Criminal Code deals
with falsely claiming to hold a
granted to specific tradesmen to advertise that a product they
produce is used by the royal household. It generally denotes
the quality and prestige of whatever good is so designated.
The question at hand was whether there needed to be a law to
punish unscrupulous merchants who falsely claimed to hold
The League's submission to the committee (which I have as a
PDF below) states they do not believe it necessary to have a
law for this issue.
"During the 47 years during which the League has existed, we have not been made
aware, nor been asked for media comment, in respect of any prosecution under this
Clause. Indeed, we have little experience even of the sort of harmless infraction
which it presumably contemplates. We have run into are examples that could be
construed as a claim that the goods in question “are made for the service of Her
Majesty...” but where the material facts are not themselves false, and where we
cannot conceive of any Crown Prosecutor preferring a charge..."
the overall conclusion is that Section 413 has likely never been
used and likely won't be in the future. The quote by Plato at
the end was a nice touch too.
A Kisaragi Colour