Parliament of Canada Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. P-1)

Act current to 2014-10-27 and last amended on 2013-12-12. Previous Versions

Marginal note:Proof of correctness of copy
  •  (1) Where any civil or criminal proceedings are commenced or prosecuted in a court for, on account of or in respect of the publication of any copy of a report, paper, votes or proceedings referred to in subsection 7(1), the defendant, at any stage of the proceedings, may bring before the court, or any judge thereof, the report, paper, votes or proceedings and the copy, together with an affidavit verifying the report, paper, votes or proceedings and the correctness of the copy.

  • Marginal note:Stay of proceedings

    (2) On the bringing before a court or any judge thereof of any report, paper, votes or proceedings and a copy thereof with affidavit in accordance with subsection (1), the court or judge shall immediately stay the civil or criminal proceedings, and those proceedings and every writ or process issued therein shall be deemed to be finally determined and superseded by virtue of this Act.

  • R.S., c. S-8, s. 8.
Marginal note:Proof in action for printing extract or abstract

 In any civil or criminal proceedings commenced or prosecuted for printing an extract from or abstract of any report, paper, votes or proceedings referred to in subsection 7(1), the report, paper, votes or proceedings may be given in evidence and it may be shown that the extract or abstract was published in good faith and without malice and, if such is the opinion of the jury, a verdict of not guilty shall be entered for the defendant.

  • R.S., c. S-8, s. 9.

Examination of Witnesses

Marginal note:Examination of witnesses under oath
  •  (1) The Senate or the House of Commons may administer an oath to any witness examined at the bar of the Senate or the House.

  • Marginal note:Examination before committee

    (2) The Senate or the House of Commons may order witnesses to be examined on oath before any committee.

  • Marginal note:Committee may administer oath

    (3) Any committee of the Senate or the House of Commons may administer an oath to any witness examined before the committee.

  • R.S., c. S-8, ss. 25 to 27.
Marginal note:Affirmation
  •  (1) Where any witness to be examined under this Part conscientiously objects to take an oath, the witness may make a solemn affirmation and declaration.

  • Marginal note:Effect of affirmation

    (2) Any solemn affirmation and declaration made under subsection (1) has the same force and effect, and entails the same consequences, as an oath taken in the usual form.

  • R.S., c. S-8, ss. 28, 29.
Marginal note:Perjury

 Any person examined under this Part who wilfully gives false evidence is liable to such punishment as may be imposed for perjury.

  • R.S., c. S-8, s. 31.