Place Published: London
Publisher: George Edward Eyre and William Spottiswoode
Date Published: 1867
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: No binding
RARE BNA ACT, 1867 - CANADA: FROM COLONY TO COUNTRY
The Constitution Act, (BNA Act) 1867 is part of the Constitution of Canada.
First edition. 7-3/8 x 11-1/5 inches. At head of title: Anno tricesimo Victoriae Reginae. Cap. III. pages -47. Woodcut Royal coat of arms. Neatly extracted from a bound volume and expertly mended. Very light scattered spotting and creasing to a few leaves, otherwise, near fine condition.
The Constitution Act, 1867 (originally enacted as The British North America Act, 1867, and referred to as the BNA Act) (the Act) is a major part of Canada's Constitution. The Act created a federal dominion and defines much of the operation of the Government of Canada, including its federal structure, the House of Commons, the Senate, the justice system, and the taxation system.
The BRITISH NORTH AMERICA ACT came into effect on July 1, 1867, and united the Provinces of the Canadas (covering the lands formerly known as Upper Canada and Lower Canada, later known as Canada West and Canada East, and more recently as Ontario and Quebec), New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia into the Dominion of Canada.
John A. Macdonald won the first federal election on September 18, and became Canada’s first Prime Minister. His Conservative government opened the first session of the first parliament on November 6, 1867.
The ACT described the new country’s operating structure, including: Executive Power (as vested in the Queen, and the Governor General); Legislative Power (for the Senate and
House of Commons, constituting the Parliament of Canada); Provincial Constitutions; Distribution of Legislative Powers and the Authority of the Parliament of Canada including exclusive control over “all matters” relating to “Indians and Indian Lands reserved for the Indians”); Judicature; Revenues, Debts, Assets and Taxation;
Miscellaneous Provisions; Intercolonial Railway; and Admission of other Colonies (noting Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island in particular as possible candidates).
The Appendices elaborate on: Existing and New Electoral Divisions in Ontario and Quebec; Provincial Public Works and Property to be the Property of Canada; Assets to be the Property of Ontario and Quebec Conjointly; and the Oath of Allegiance to the Queen.
Near Fine. Item #8425