March 26, 1968 (27th Parliament, 2nd Session)


Lawrence T. Pennell (Solicitor General of Canada)


Mr. Pennell:

Mr. Chairman, the supplementary estimate lc of the Department of Justice is a $1 item. This is to authorize a grant to Queen's University to assist in defraying the cost of a Canadian conference on computers and the law. The item is included only to obtain the necessary authority to make the grant.
The conference is scheduled to take place at Kingston, Ontario, early in June, 1968 and is being hosted by the faculty of law at Queen's University. Emphasis will be placed on legal information retrieval techniques, legislation consultation and editing programs, central registry and data banks and on property rights, privacy and related legal questions.
It is hoped to bring together at this conference delegates from Canadian and American universities, from the federal and several provincial governments, from law publishing firms, from computer manufacturers and from law firms already employing such methods for commercial purposes. Mr. J. W. Ryan will be a representative from the Department of Justice and has been asked to act as a commentator on several papers which are to be given on legislation editing, revision and consultation.

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