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The following documents are of historical, as well as in some
cases, legal interest.
- The Quebec Resolutions of 1864
- The first blueprint for a federal union between the British
North American colonies.
- Colonial Laws Validity Act, 1865
- Gave the United Kingdom Parliament the power to over-ride
any conflicting colonial laws.
- Repealed by the Statute of
- London Resolutions of 1866
- A refinement of the earlier Quebec Resolutions of 1864.
- Royal Proclamation of 1867, for the BNA Act, 1867
- Proclaims the British North America Act will become law on July 1, 1867.
- Also appoints the first Senators.
- An Act respecting the Export Duties imposed on Lumber by the
Legislature of the Province of New Brunwick.
- An act of the Parliament of Canada designed to encourage the province of
New Brunswick to drop export duties on lumber in exchange for an annual compensation
of $150,000 per year. This was to bring Canada and New Brunswick in line with a
recent commerce treaty between the UK and the USA that removed such duties.
- An Act respecting the admission of the Colony of Prince
Edward Island as a Province of the Dominion
- Anticipated and prepared the way to apply laws to Prince Edward Island.
- Repealed by the Revised Statutes of Canada, 1886 (See Volume II).
- Manitoba Boundaries Extension Act, 1881
- Extended the boundaries of the province of Manitoba.
- This effectively replaced section 1 of the Manitoba Act, 1870.
- The Manitoba Boundary Extension Act, 1912
- Extended the boundaries of the province of Manitoba to their
- The Ontario Boundary Extension Act, 1912
- Extended the boundaries of the province of Ontario to their
- The Quebec Boundary Extension Act, 1912
- Extended the boundaries of the province of Quebec to their
- The Quebec Boundary Extension Act Amendment,
- Included the populations of the territories added to Quebec
by the Quebec Boundary Extension Act, 1912, to be counted in the
decennial census for adjustment of representation in the House
- The Balfour Declaration, 1926
- It stated that the United Kingdom and its Dominions were on an
- Recognized the growing political and diplomatic independence
of Canada, among other Dominions, particularly after World War I.
- Recommended that the Governor General's duty to represent
the British government be separated into another office, eventually
becoming the British High Commissioner
- Lead to the creation of the
Statute of Westminster, 1931.
- The Manitoba Boundary Extension Act, 1930
- Extended the boundaries of the province of Manitoba to include
Lake of the Woods.
- Manitoba and Ontario Boundaries Act, 1950.
- Clarifies the boundary between Manitoba and Ontario.
- Quebec's French-only sign law (Bill 178), which invoked the
Charter's "notwithstanding clause" (section 33), available
here in French and English.