Solicitor General of Canada

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The Solicitor General of Canada was a position in the Canadian ministry from 1892 to 2003. The position was based on the Solicitor General in the British system and was originally designated as an officer to assist the Minister of Justice and was not initially a position in the Canadian Cabinet. While the position of Solicitor General was not a Cabinet position, after 1915, its occupant was often sworn into the Queen's Privy Council for Canada and attended Cabinet meetings. In 1966 when the modern position of Solicitor General was created with the repeal of the previous Solicitor General Act and the passage of a new statute creating the ministerial office of the Solicitor General of Canada.

In recent decades the Solicitor General's department was responsible for administering the prison system, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the National Parole Board and other matters relating to internal security. In 2003 the position was subsumed into the expanded position of the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.

See also: List of Canadian Solicitors General

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