The Labrador Boundary


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[2 July,
1899.]

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No. 73.
(Annex to No. 71).

IMPERIAL STATUTES RELATING TO LABRADOR SINCE THE BRITISH CONQUEST OF CANADA IN 1760.



(Definitive Treaty of Peace, signed at Paris, 10th February,         1763—by which the whole of "Canada" or New France, with         the exception of the islands St. Pierre and Miquelon was         ceded by the French to Great Britain).

    By royal proclamation, 7th October, 1763: All the coast of Labrador from the river St. John to Hudson's strait, with the islands of Anticosti and Madeline and all the other small islands lying on the said coast were placed under the care and inspection of the governor of Newfoundland.
    By the act commonly known as the "Quebec Act" 14 George III, cap. 83, sec. 1, 1774: All such territories, islands and countries as had since the 7th October, 1763, been made part of the government of Newfoundland, were annexed to and made part and parcel of the province of Quebec.
    By an act passed in the 49th year of the reign of George III, cap. 27, A.D. 1809, sec. 14, it is enacted that the coast of Labrador, from the river St. John to Hudson strait, with the island of Anticosti and all other small islands annexed to the government of Newfoundland by the proclamation of 7th October, 1763 (except the island of Madeline), shall be separated from Lower Canada, and be re-annexed to Newfoundland.
    By an act passed in the 5th year of the reign of George IV, cap. 67, sec. 18 (1824), the governor of Newfoundland is empowered to institute a court of civil jurisdiction at any such parts or places on the coast of Labrador as have been re-annexed to Newfoundland.
    By an act passed in the 6th year of the reign of George IV, cap. 59, sec. 9 (1825), it is enacted that so much of the coast of Labrador as lies westward of a line to be drawn due north and south from the bay or harbour of Anse Sablon, inclusive, as far as the 52nd degree of north latitude, with the island of Anticosti and all other islands adjacent to said coast, shall be re-annexed to Lower Canada.
    "Royal Letters Patent, 28th March, 1876, defines Newfoundland's jurisdiction in Labrador from the entrance of Hudson's straits to a line to be drawn due north and south from Anse Sablon on the coast to the 52nd degree of north latitude and all the islands adjacent to that part of the said coast of Labrador."
    (See Journal of the House of Assembly, Newfoundland, 1877.)

J. JOHNSTON.    
12th July, 1889.

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