In 2008 Parliament passed the Statutes Repeal Act, aimed at clearing out those portions of federal legislation that have passed, assented to, but not declared in force for, effectively, a decade. That Act was itself proclaimed in force in June of 2010.
Under its provisions, each year the Minister of Justice is to draw up a list of appropriate candidates and present it to the Senate and Commons within five days of the first sitting in the calendar year. Specifically, a target is any statutory provisions that
(a) was assented to nine years or more before the December 31 immediately preceding the laying of the report; and
(b) had not come into force on or before that December 31.
The hammer is found in section 3, which provides that anything in the report is repealed on December 31 of the year in which the report is made, unless it is brought into force or otherwise saved by Parliament. Thus there’s a broom with a ten year (9 years without being “in force” + a year to think about it) long handle sweeping up behind our legislators.
There are a mere 45 items on this year’s kill list. I haven’t been through them to see if there are any surprises, but if you find something of interest there, let us know in the comments.