News Release - November 10, 2010
PROVINCE MOVES TO AMEND THE COMMISSIONER FOR OATHS ACT
The Government of Saskatchewan is amending The Commissioner for Oaths Act to make it possible for officers of the Reserve Force of the Canadian Forces to administer oaths to members of the Canadian Forces for use in Saskatchewan.
Saskatchewan is one of the few jurisdictions that only grants the status of Commissioner for Oaths to permanent members of the Canadian Forces.
"This amendment will put Reserve officers on the same footing, respecting administration of oaths, as their permanent counterparts," Justice Minister and Attorney General Don Morgan said. "Members of the Reserves devote time and energy to their training and responsibilities. They are called up for active duty and some have lost their lives in service to our country. I am pleased to be able, in this modest way, to make their work a little easier."
The Commissioners for Oaths Act authorizes the administering of oaths and the taking, or receiving, of affidavits, declarations and affirmations. In the armed forces, it is necessary for officers to complete affidavits, declarations and affirmations as part of their duties.
The Commissioner for Oaths Act has remained largely unchanged since it was passed in 1945.
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