Excerpt: Act of the British Parliament, respecting the establishment of Provinces in the Dominion of Canada

(34 & 35 Vict., cap. 28.) — (June 29. 1871.) [1]

III. The Parliament of Canada may from time to time, with the consent of the Legislature of any province of the said Dominion, increase, diminish, or otherwise alter the limits of such province, upon such terms and conditions as may be agreed to by the said Legislature, and may, with the like consent, make provision respecting the effect and operation of any such increase or diminution or alteration of territory in relation to any province affected thereby.

V. The following Acts passed by the said Parliamen tof Canada, and intituled respectively,–

“An Act for the temporary Government of Rupert’s Land and the North-Western Territory when united with Canada;” and

“An Act to amend and continue the Act 32 and 33 Victoria, chapter 3, and to establish and provide for the Government of the Province of Manitoba,”

shall be and be deemed to have been valid and effectual for all purposes whatsoever from the date at which they respectively received the assent, in the Queen’s name, of the Governor General of the said Dominion of Canada.

VI. Except as provided in the 3rd section of this Act, it shall not be competent for the Parliament of Canada, to alter the provisions of the last-mentioned Act of the said Parliament in so far as it relates to the province of Manitoba, or of any other Act hereafter establishing new provinces in the said Dominion, subject always to the right of the Legislature of the province of Manitoba to alter from time to time the provisions of any law respecting the qualifications of electors and members of the Legislative Assembly and to make laws respecting elections in the said province.

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[2] Great Britain, Lewis Hertslet, ed., A Complete Collection of the Treaties and Conventions, and reciprocal regulations at present subsisting between Great Britain and Foreign Powers … vol. 13 (H. M. Stat. Off., 1877), 1246 – 1247.

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