Disallowance

The CONSTITUTION ACT of 1867 provides that any ACT of a provincial legislature must be promptly sent to the GOVERNOR GENERAL and that the governor general-in-council (federal CABINET) may disallow any such Act (wipe it off the statute book) within one year. One hundred and twelve provincial Acts have been disallowed, in every province except PEI and Newfoundland, for a variety of reasons: they were considered unconstitutional, "contrary to Dominion policy" or "Dominion interest," or "contrary to reason, justice and natural equity." The last disallowance was in 1943.