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The Canadian Department of Justice and the completion of confederation, 1867-78

Author: Jonathan Scott Swainger
Publisher: Vancouver : UBC Press, ©2000.
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"Jonathan Swainger considers the growth and development of the ostensibly apolitical Department of Justice in the eleven years after the union of 1867. Drawing on legal records and other archival documents, he details the complex interactions between law and politics, exploring how expectations both inside and outside the legal system created an environment in which the department acted as an advisor to the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
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Swainger, Jonathan Scott, 1962-
Canadian Department of Justice and the completion of confederation, 1867-78.
Vancouver : UBC Press, ©2000
(OCoLC)606371979
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jonathan Scott Swainger
ISBN: 077480792X 9780774807920
OCLC Number: 43884729
Description: viii, 167 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction --
2. An Apolitical Advisor: The Fiction of the Attorney General --
3. The Department of Justice and the Business of Governance --
4. Advisors to the Crown and the Prerogative of Mercy --
5. Canadian Penitentiaries and the Rhetoric of Nation, Centralization, and Reform --
6. The Department of Justice and the Judiciary --
7. Conclusion.
Responsibility: Jonathan Swainger.
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"Jonathan Swainger considers the growth and development of the ostensibly apolitical Department of Justice in the eleven years after the union of 1867. Drawing on legal records and other archival documents, he details the complex interactions between law and politics, exploring how expectations both inside and outside the legal system created an environment in which the department acted as an advisor to the government. He concludes by considering the post-1878 legacy of the department's approach to governance, wherein any problem, legal or otherwise, was made amenable to politicized solutions." "The Canadian Department of Justice and the Completion of Confederation will be of particular interest to students and scholars of Canadian legal and political history."--Jacket.

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