Public General Act, 30 & 31 Victoria I, c. 3
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- Held At: Parliamentary Archives: GB-061
- Catalogue Reference: HL/PO/PU/1/1867/30&31V1n5
- Date: 29 March 1867
- Level: File
- Extent: 1 Act of Parliament
- Creator Name: House of Lords; Public Bill Office; 1849-
- Category: Acts of Parliament/Laws/Legislation
- Description: An Act for the Union of Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick, and the Government thereof; and for Purposes connected therewith ['British North America Act 1867'].
The Act was designed to improve the cohesion of Canada so that it would be better able to resist any possible aggression from the United States of America. It established Canada as a self-governing federation of four provinces: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Ontario and Quebec. Whilst each province retained its own separate local parliament under a lieutenant-governor, a dominion parliament comprising a representative assembly and a nominated senate met in Ottawa. Canada was the first British colony to receive dominion status within the empire.
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