Fonds - Nova Scotia Legislative Council fonds

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Nova Scotia Legislative Council fonds

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    • 1789-1928 (Creation)
      Nova Scotia. Council

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    6 m of textual records (60 boxes)

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    The Council of Twelve, which served as an advisory board to the Governor, was constituted by Royal Instructions and met for the first time at Annapolis Royal in April 1720. From 1720 to 1758 the Council exercised legislative as well as executive power. From 1758 to 1837 the Council served as the upper chamber of Nova Scotia's unicameral legislature, when the House of Assembly was in session. In 1830 judges were excluded from the Council and it was afterwards enlarged from twelve to fifteen members. In 1838 the Council became two separate and independent bodies -- the Executive Council and the Legislative Council.

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    From 1758 to 1837 the members of HM Council acted as the upper house pro tem of Nova Scotia's unicameral legislature. In February 1838, by royal letters patent, a separate and distinct Legislative Council was established as an appointive second chamber - the provincial senate. The Legislative Council was abolished in 1928, since when Nova Scotia has again had a unicameral legislature.

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    Fonds consists of records documenting the functions of the Legislative Council (1838-1928) and the legislative functions of HM Council (to 1837).

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    Was entered in "inventory system" as Fonds (Inventory no. 170).

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