STATUTE OF CANADA, 16 VICT. (1853), CAP. 152.
AN ACT to enlarge the Representation of the People of this Province in Parliament.
[Assented to 14th June, 1853.]
WHEREAS the increasing population of this Province, and the necessity of providing for its growing wants and the developement of its resources, render it imperative to enlarge the Representation of the People thereof in the Legislative Assembly, and to apportion that representation more fairly, and with this view—to alter the limits of certain Counties and other Electoral divisions—to divide certain Counties into Ridings—to erect certain other Counties—and to adopt other Legislative provisions in the behalf aforesaid : Be it therefore enacted by the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Council and of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Canada, constituted and assembled by virtue of and under the authority of an Act passed in the Parliament of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, and intituled, An Act to re-unite the Provinces of Upper and Lower Canada, and for the Government of Canada, and it is hereby enacted by the authority of the same, That from and after the end of this present Provincial Parliament, the Counties, Ridings, Cities and Towns and Unions of Counties hereinafter mentioned, shall be the subdivisions of the Province upon which the Representation of the People thereof shall be based and regulated in the manner hereinafter prescribed, and such subdivisions shall in so far as they may differ from those now existing for like shall be based purposes, be substituted for them as regards Elections of Members of the said after the end Assembly and all Acts, Laws and provisions of Law now in force and thereunto relating and all matters therewith connected : That is to say :
14. The County of Chicoutimi shall be bounded on the west by the County of Portneuf as hereinafter described, on the south by the parallel of the forty-eighth degree of north latitude, as far as the prolongation of the eastern line of the Township of Saint Johns on the Saguenay, thence on the east by the said prolongation and the said line to the River Saguenay, and crossing the river Saguenay, by the prolongation of the said eastern line to the River Sainte Marguerite, on the north-east by a line to be drawn from
the above point on the River Sainte Marguerite due north to the limits of the Province, on the north by the limits of the Province ; the said County so bounded comprising the Townships and Settlements of Saint Johns, La Trinité, Harvey, Simard, Tremblay, Bagot, Chicoutimi, Laterrière, Simon, Jonquière, Kinogomi, Labarre, Metabetchouan, Signay, Mésy, Caron, Charlevoix, Bourgette, Taché and Delisle.
15. The County of Tadoussac shall be bounded on the south-east by the River Saint Lawrence, including all Islands nearest to the said County and wholly or in part opposite thereto on the south by the parallel of the forty-eighth degree of north latitude to the County of Chicoutimi as above described, on the north-west and west by the said County of Chicoutimi, and on the north and north-east by the limits of the Province ; the said County so bounded comprising the Townships and settlements of Saguenay, Tadoussac, Little Saguenay, Sainte Marguerite, Bergeronnes, Escoumins, Iberville, Laval, Latour, Betsiamites, the Seigniory of Mille Vaches or Portneuf, the Terra Firma of Mingan, the Islets of Mingan, the Island and Seigniory of Anticosti, the settlements and posts of Manicouagan, Betsiamites, Godbout, Saint Pancras, Pointe des Monts, Saint Paul, the Seven Islands, the Jeremie Islands, and all the other tracts of land comprised within the limits aforesaid.
16. The County of Saguenay shall be bounded on the north-west by a line to be drawn from Cap de l'Abattis on the River Saint Lawrence towards the north-west and parallel to the north-eastern line of the Seigniory of Beauport, to the County of Chicoutimi as above described, on the north by the Counties of Chicoutimi and Tadoussac as above described, on the south-east by the River Saint Lawrence ; the said County so bounded comprising the Parishes of Little River, Baie Saint Paul, Saint Urbain, Eboulements, Saint Irènée, Malbaie, Sainte Agnès, Saint Fidèle, the Townships of Settrington, De Sales, and Callières, Isle-aux-Coudres, Hare Island, and all the other tracts of Land comprised within the above limits, and all Islands in the River Saint Lawrence nearest to the said County and wholly or partly opposite thereto.
III. And be it enacted, That in Lower Canada, the Counties of. . . .Saguenay, Montmorency, Quebec, Portneuf, shall be represented each, by one Member in the Legislative Assembly ; the United Counties of Chicoutimi and Tadoussac, by one Member.