British North America Act, 1946
|British North America Act, 1946|
This act adjusted the formula for distributing seats in the Canadian House of Commons amongst the provinces and territories.
9 & 10 George VI, c. 63 (U.K.)
An Act to provide for the readjustment of the representation of the House of Commons of Canada consequent on the basis of the population of Canada
[Assented to 26th July, 1946.]
New provision as to readjustment of representation in Commons.
- 1. Subject as hereinafter provided, there shall be assigned to each of the provinces a number of members computed by dividing the total population of the provinces by two hundred and fifty-four and by dividing the population of each province by the quotient so obtained, disregarding, except as hereinafter in this section provided, the remainder, if any, after the said process of division.
- 2. If the total number of members assigned to all the provinces pursuant to rule one is less than two hundred and fifty-four, additional members shall be assigned to the provinces (one to a province) having remainders in the computation under rule one commencing with the province having the largest remainder and continuing with the other provinces in the order of the magnitude of their respective remainders until the total number of members assigned is two hundred and fifty-four.
- 3. Nothwithstanding anything in this section, if upon the completion of a computation under rules one and two, the number of members is less than the number of senators representing the said province, rules one and two shall cease to apply in respect of said province, and there be assigned to the said province a number of senators.
- 4. In the event that rules one and two cease to apply in respect of a province then, for the purpose of computing the number of members to be assigned to the provinces in respect of which rules one and two continue to apply, the total population of the provinces shall be reduced by the number of the population of the province in respect of which rules one and two have ceased to apply and the number two hundred and fifty-four shall be reduced by the number of members assigned to such province pursuant to rule three.
- 5. Such readjustment shall not take effect until the termination of the then existing Parliament.
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