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An act that formally declares to the general public that the government has acted in a particular way. A written or printed document issued by a superior government executive, such as the president or governor, which sets out such a declaration by the government.


noun announcement, annunciation, declaration, decree, decretal, edict, edictum, exclamation, fiat, mandate, manifesto, message, notification, official pubbication, promulgation, pronouncement, public announceeent, public avowal, public notice, publication, recitation, rescript, statement
See also: adjudication, avouchment, canon, charge, charter, command, communication, declaration, decree, dictate, directive, disclosure, divulgation, issuance, notice, notification, order, ordinance, publication, publicity, report, statement

PROCLAMATION, evidence. The act of causing some state matters to be published or made generally known. A written or printed document in which are contained such matters, issued by proper authority; as the president's proclamation, the governor's, the mayor's proclamation. The word proclamation is also used to express the public nomination made of any one to a high office; as, such a prince was proclaimed emperor.
     2. The president's proclamation has not the force of law, unless when authorized by congress; as if congress were to pass an act, which should take effect upon the happening of a contingent event, which was to be declared by the president by proclamation to hive happened; in this case the proclamation would give the act the force of law, which, till then, it wanted. How far a proclamation is evidence of facts, see Bac. Ab. Ev. F; Dougl. 594, n; B. N. P. 226; 12 Mod. 216; 8 State Tr. 212; 4 M. & S. 546; 2 Camp. Rep. 44; Dane's Ab. eh. 96, a. 2, 3 and 4; 1 Scam. R. 577; Bro. h.t.

PROCLAMATION, practice. The declaration made by the cryer, by authority of the court, that something is about to be done.
     2. It usually commences with the French word Oyez, do you hear, in order to attract attention; it is particularly used on the meeting or opening of the court, and at its adjournment; it is also frequently employed to discharge persons who have been accused of crimes or misdemeanors.

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In light of the 150th anniversary of the British North America Act 1867 and the federal review of laws and policies to ensure constitutional obligations towards indigenous peoples are being met, the Minister's Working Group ought to take a very close look at what rights exist under the Royal Proclamation of 1763, including the ability for aggrieved persons or groups to appeal to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in London, England as the highest court of appeal or court of last resort.
Consider John Borrows's argument that the Royal Proclamation is best understood as part of the Treaty of Niagara of 1764.
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Why were the Royal Proclamation of 1869 and other important historical documents, which were analyzed in great detail by the trial judge in Caron & Boutet, not raised or considered at all in either Mercure or Paquette?
Royal proclamations constituted a clever response designed by Bishop Gilbert Burner to combat the early reformers' criticisms of the monarch.
In the case of the Royal Proclamation of 6 December 1869, neither the Crown nor the people of Manitoba nor the Northwest Territories referred to it during the process of passing, or following the passage of, the Manitoba Act, 1870 and the North-West Territories Act of 1875.
The Royal Proclamation of 1763 was a founding constitutional document for Canada.
Reading out the statement after an alliance meeting, spokesman Krishna Sitaula said: ''The royal proclamation had not addressed the alliance's roadmap.
Elizabeth issued at least one royal proclamation on England's sumptuary laws in 1559, 1562, 1566, 1574, 1577, 1580, 1588, and 1597.
In 2003 Elizabeth 11 issued a royal proclamation officially apologizing for the British expulsion of the Acadians.
The Government will now try frantically to get as much legislation through the Commons before parliament is dissolved by royal proclamation on Monday.
The OEM kicks off a new compliance requirement often by sending out an announcement to its suppliers--much like a royal proclamation.