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to be re-adjusted, from time to time, under the provisions of the "British North America Act, 1867 ";
That the constitution of the Executive Authority and of the Legislature of Prince Edward Island, shall, subject to the provisions of the" British North America Act, 1867,” continue, as at the time of the Union, until altered under the authority of the said Act, and the House of Assembly of Prince Edward Island existing at the date of the Union shall, unless sooner dissolved, continue for the period for which it was elected;
That the Provisions in the "British North America Act, 1867," shall, except those parts thereof which are in terms made, or by reasonable intendment, may be held to be especially applicable to, and only to affect one and not the whole of the Provinces now composing the Dominion, and except so far as the same may be varied by these resolutions, be applicable to Prince Edward Island, in the same way and to the same extent as they apply to the other Provinces of the Dominion, and as if the Colony of Prince Edward Island had been one of the Provinces originally united by the said Act.
That the Union shall take place on such day as Her Majesty may direct by Order in Council, on Addresses to that effect from the Houses of Parliament of Canada and of the Legislature of the Colony of Prince Edward Island, under the one hundred and forty-sixth section of the "British North America Act, 1867," and that the Electoral Districts for which, the time within which, and the laws and provisions under which, the first Election of Members to serve in the House of Commons of Canada for such Electoral Districts shall be held, shall be such as the said Houses of the Legislature of the said Colony of Prince Edward Island may specify in their said Addresses.
We, therefore, humbly pray that Your Majesty will be graciously pleased, by and with the advice of Your Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council, under the provisions of the
one hundred and forty-sixth section of the "British North America Act, 1867," to admit Prince Edward Island into the Union or Dominion of Canada, on the terms and conditions herein before set forth.
House of Commons,
20th May, 1873.
A similar address was voted by the Senate of the Dominion, and by the two Houses of the Prince Edward Island Legislatures the latter specifying the electoral districts as set out in the Order in Council.
1. COLONIAL LAWS VALIDITY ACT, 1865.
2. LETTERS PATENT CONSTITUTING THE OFFICE OF GOVERNOR GENERAL OF CANADA.
3 INSTRUCTIONS TO ACCOMPANY SAME
4. QUEBEC RESOLUTIONS.
COLONIAL LAWS VALIDITY ACT, 1865.
28-29 VIC., CAP. 63, (IMP.)
An Act to remove Doubts as to the Validity of Colonial Laws.
[29TH JUNE, 1865.
WHEREAS doubts have been entertained respecting the validity of divers laws enacted, or purporting to be enacted by the Legislatures of certain of Her Majesty's Colonies, and respecting the powers of such Legislatures; and it is expedient that such doubts should be removed :
Be it hereby 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:
1. The term " colony" shall in this Act include all of Definitions Her Majesty's Possessions abroad, in which there shall "Colony." exist a legislature as hereinafter defined, except the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, and such territories as may for the time being be vested in Her Majesty, under or by virtue of any Act of Parliament for the government of India ;
The terms "Legislature" and "Colonial Legislature" "Legislat ure,' "Coloshall severally signify the authority (other than the Imperial nial LegislaParliament or Her Majesty in Council), competent to make ture"; laws for any colony;
The term "Representative Legislature" shall signify “Representative Legisla. any Colonial Legislature which shall comprise a legislative ture"; body of which one-half are elected by inhabitants of the colony ;
The term "Colonial Law" shall include laws made for "Colonial Law." any colony, either by such Legislature as aforesaid or by
Her Majesty in Council;