Such regulations on, for example, unemployment insurance, fisheries and aeronautics, now form an enormous part of our law (see REGULATORY PROCESS). They are called "subordinate legislation" because they are made by the governor-in-council, subordinate to Parliament, and are subordinate to, and limited by, the Act which authorizes them. A few legislative orders are based on royal prerogative (the relatively small remainder of the SOVEREIGN's ancient lawmaking power) but are limited by the content of the particular prerogative which confers the power to make them (see ADMINISTRATIVE LAW). Provincial orders-in-council - orders of the lieutenant-governor-in-councils - are similar to federal ones.
Author EUGENE A. FORSEY
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