Constitution Act, 1886

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Constitution Act, 1886

(British North America Act, 1886)  (1886) 

This act gave parliament the authority to allow the Territories of Canada to have representation in the Canadian Senate and Canadian House of Commons.

Contents[edit]

Constitution Act, 1886

1. Provision by Parliament of Canada for representation of territories.
2. Effect of Acts of Parliament of Canada.
3. Short title.

The Act[edit]

49 & 50 Victoria, c. 35 (U.K.)


An Act respecting the Representation in the Parliament of Canada of Territories which for the time being form part of the Dominion of Canada, but are not included in any Province.


[25th June, 1886]


Whereas it is expedient to empower the Parliament of Canada to provide for the representation in the Senate and House of Commons of Canada, or either of them, of any territory which for the time being forms part of the Dominion of Canada, but is not included in any Province:

Be it enacted by the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords, Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:--


Provisions by Parliament of Canada for representation of territories.
1. The Parliament of Canada may from time to time make provision for the representation in the Senate and House of Commons of Canada, or in either of them, of any territories which for the time being form part of the Dominion of Canada, but are not included in any Province thereof.
Effect of Acts of Parliament of Canada.
2. Any Act passed by the Parliament of Canada before the passing of this Act for the purpose mentioned in this Act, shall, if not disallowed by the Queen, be, and shall be deemed to have been, valid and effectual from the date at which it received the assent, in Her Majesty's name, of the Governor-General of Canada.

It is hereby declared that any Act passed by the Parliament of Canada, whether before or after the passing of this Act, for the purposes mentioned in this Act, or in the Constitution Act, 1871, has effect, notwithstanding anything in the Constitution Act, 1867, and the number of Senators or the number of Members of the House of Commons specified in the last-mentioned Act is increased by the number of Senators or of members, as the case may be, provided by any such Act of the Parliament of Canada for the representation of any provinces or territories in Canada.

Short title.
3. This Act may be cited as the Constitution Act, 1886.


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