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Highlights of the Criminal Code

Posted by Matt on January 14, 2014         Tagged with: crime

Slaw has a good post up today highlighting a few of the more obscure provisions of Canada's Criminal Code, including provoking someone into a duel and distributing crime comics. I don't want to steal their thunder so I won't reproduce them all here. But I can't resist posting one of my personal favorites:

Acts intended to alarm Her Majesty or break public peace

49. Every one who wilfully, in the presence of Her Majesty,
(a) does an act with intent to alarm Her Majesty or to break the public peace, or
(b) does an act that is intended or is likely to cause bodily harm to Her Majesty,
is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding fourteen years.

That's right. Startling the Queen could get you 14 years in prison.