STATUTE OF QUEBEC, 62 VICT. (1899), CAP. 5.
AN ACT RESPECTING THE TERRITORIES OF ABITTIBI, MISTASSINI AND ASHUANIPI.
[Assented to 25th February, 1899.]
WHEREAS the definition of the northeastern, northern and north-western frontiers of the Province of Quebec by tha act of Canada, 61 Victoria, chapter 3, passed in accordance with the consent of this Legislature expressed by the act 61 Victoria, chapter 6, has necessitated a new description of the limits of certain counties comprised in the basin of the St. Lawrence,—which is contained in chapter 6 of these statutes—and the organization of the territory lying to the north of the said basin ;
Therefore, Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislature of Quebec, enacts as follows :
1. The whole of the territory of the Province, comprised between the northeastern, northern and northwestern limits of the counties of Pontiac, Montcalm, Joliette, Berthier, Maskinongé, St. Maurice, Champlain, Lake St. John, Chicoutimi and Saguenay and the northeastern, northern and north-western frontiers of the Province, as defined in the act of Canada, 61 Victoria, chapter 3, and the act of this Legislature, 61 Victoria, chapter 6, is divided into three territories to be known and designated under the names of : Territory of Abittibi, territory of Mistassini and territory of Ashuanipi.
2. These three territories are described as follows :
(1) The territory of Abittibi is bounded on the north and on the west by the limits of the Province ; on the northeast by the new territory of Mistassini ; towards the south by the county of Pontiac ; and towards the southeast by the counties of Montcalm, Joliette, Berthier, Maskinongé, St Maurice, Champlain and Lake St. John.
The territory, so bounded, comprises the basin of James's Bay, less the part watered by the Rivers East Main and Rupert.
(2) The territory of Mistassini is bounded on the north and west by the limits of the Province ; on the southwest by the new territory of Abittibi ; and on the southeast by the counties of Chicoutimi and Lake St. John.
The territory, so bounded, comprises the basin of the East Main and that of Rupert river.
(3) The territory of Ashuanipi is bounded on the north, east and west by the limits of the Province ; and on the south and southwest by the county of Saguenay.
The territory so bounded comprises the basin of the River Ashuanipi, Hamilton or Esquimaux, as well as all other parts of territory watered by water-courses flowing directly towards the Atlantic.
3. The laws and regulations in force in the Province of Quebec are and shall be in force in the said territories, in so far as they may apply and in so far as they may not be modified or amended by competent authority.
It shall, however, be lawful for the Lieutenant-Governor in Council to suspend, in the said territories, in whole or in part, for the time deemed convenient, the laws respecting game and fisheries, and to make, amend and repeal such regulations as he may deem expedient respecting such matters.
4. For judicial and registration purposes, the territory of Abittibi shall be deemed to form part of the county of Pontiac, the territory of Mistassini, of the second division of the county of Lake St. John, and the territory of Ashuanipi, of the county of Saguenay.
5. The Lieutenant-Governor in Council may, by commission, appoint one or more residents in any of the said territories as justices of the peace, with jurisdiction over all these territories or over that one or those which he shall be pleased to indicate.
The persons so appointed must be British subjects of the full age of twenty-one years, but need not possess any of the other qualifications required of justices of the peace.
Article 2574 of the Revised Statutes apply to such justices of the peace.
6. This act shall come into force on the day of its sanction.