Subseries - MY LIFE IN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

Letter on Crown Prosecutor of Japan Kinko Saito's visit to Canada Memo to John Turner on transitioning to the Anti-Dumping Tribunal Letter from Prime Minister PE Trudeau Anti-dumping Tribunal members Memo on gendered language and the exclusion of women

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MY LIFE IN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

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The My Life in the Federal Government subseries contains 154 files discussing Marguerite Ritchie’s positions as legal counsel at the Department of Justice and as Vice-Chair of the Anti-Dumping Tribunal, including major cases she worked on at both. Files are arranged by department and topic, while general correspondence is arranged chronologically. This subseries contains a variety of document types including Correspondence, memorandum, legislation, contracts, reports, legal research, newspaper clippings, maps, court documents, cabinet decisions, annual reports, seminar programmes, rules of procedure, transcripts of meetings and tribunal proceedings, press releases, performance evaluations, House of Commons debates, articles, telephone transcripts, findings of the Anti-Dumping Tribunal, conventions, questionnaires, informational booklets, service records, newsletters, contact list, briefs, and factums. The specific topics this subseries covers from Marguerite Ritchie’s employment with the Department of Justice are offshore mineral rights and whether they fall under federal or provincial jurisdiction, offshore exploitation of resources including oil, territorial waters, sea law and fishing rights, international air law, hijacking airplanes/skyjacking, international law and Canadian responsibilities, , amendments to the criminal code, constitutional law, the official languages act, provincial powers and ability to sign treaties, foreign relations and visitors, the Combines Investigation, human rights, racial discrimination, origins of the Canadian Human Rights Commission, United Nations conventions on slavery, the League of Nations, Canada’s human rights violations such as publically funded Catholic schools in Ontario, freedom of religion, political rights, war crimes and the Geneva Convention, establishment of an ombuds in Canada, abortion and the Morgentaller case, territorial boundaries between Quebec and Labrador, history of Canadian law, and international conferences on issues of international law. Marguerite Ritchie’s documents from the Department of Justice also touch on many women’s issues including change of name at marriage and divorce, child custody and family law, divorce, desertion, maintenance, dower rights, gendered language, status of women, illegitimate children, equal pay, discrimination against women, women’s education and employment, women in politics and government, impact of early marriage, legal status of women, and prostitution and sex work laws. The specific topics this subseries covers from Marguerite Ritchie’s employment with the Anti-Dumping Tribunal are cases from the tribunal such as the Western Bread Case, rules and procedures from the Anti-Dumping tribunal including reorganisation and legal counsel, legal articles written by Marguerite Ritchie based on practices of the tribunal, Marguerite Ritchie’s issues the chairmen of the tribunal while she was the vice-chairman, and the scandal surrounding Chairmen Gauthier.

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