Series GR-0685 - Commission of Inquiry into Invasion of Privacy, 1966

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Commission of Inquiry into Invasion of Privacy, 1966

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  • 1966-1967 (Creation)
    British Columbia. Commission of Inquiry into Invasion of Privacy

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Originals, 1.5 m

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Commissioner: R.A. Sargent. Appointed by Order-in-Council no. 1, January 3, 1967. Report. August 9, 1967. R.A. Sargent was originally appointed November 9, 1966 by Order-in-Council no. 3292 after the November 5th death of Lloyd Craig, President of the Pulp and Paper Workers of Canada, to inquire into the invasion of his privacy by a rival union, the International Pulp and Sulphite Workers Union. After ten days of hearings the proceedings were quashed by court order. The new Order-in-Council, of January 3, 1967, reconstituted the commission to inquire into "the nature and extent of the use of recording devices and records thereof for the purpose of invading the privacy of persons or organizations . . . with a view to determining whether any legislative enactment . . . [was] necessary for the preservation of privacy as a civil right."

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Transcripts of proceedings, exhibits and correspondence. The Commission on Invasion of Privacy was established by OIC 3291 on November 10, 1966. The Lieutenant-Governor, George R. Pearkes appointed Rey Agler Sargent as the sole Commissioner of this inquiry under the Public Inquiries Act. As commissioner he was to make inquiry into the invasion of privacy, of Lloyd Craig, president of Pulp and Paper Workers of Canada, subsequent to his death on November 05, 1966. He was also authorized to hold hearings as he deemed appropriate. On November 17th 1966 by OIC 3354, Pursuant to section 8 of the Public Enquiries Act, Hilda Pinder-Moss was appointed as Secretary to the Commission. After 10 days of hearings the proceedings were quashed by Chief Justice Wilson.

Following the dissolution of the proceedings of the Commission, an application was made on December 30, 1966 on behalf of Angus Mcphee and the Pulp and Paper Workers of Canada for an inquiry into the use of electronic and other listening and recording devices for the purpose of invading the privacy of persons or organizations. Hence the commission was reconstituted under OIC 2696 on January 03, 1967. Proceedings were continued and the final report was produced on August 09, 1967.

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Transferred by Legislative Library, 1979.


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