Lieutenant Governor and Great Seal Act




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An Act Respecting the Great Seal
and the Executive Administration of
the Laws of the Province

Short title

1 This Act may be cited as the Lieutenant Governor and Great Seal Act. R.S., c. 256, s. 1.

Powers, authorities, functions

2 In matters within the jursidiction [jurisdiction] of the Legislature, all powers, authorities and functions which, in respect to like matters, were vested in or exercisable by the governors or lieutenant governors of the several provinces now forming a part of the Dominion of Canada, or any of the said provinces, under commissions, instructions or otherwise, at or before the passing of the Constitution Act, 1867, are and shall be, so far as the Legislature has power thus to enact, vested in and exercisable by the Lieutenant Governor, or Administrator for the time being, of this Province, in the name of Her Majesty, or otherwise, as the case requires, subject always to the Royal Prerogative as heretofore. R.S., c. 256, s. 2.

Power to pardon

3 Section 2 shall be deemed to include the power of pardoning any person or commuting or remitting the sentence of any person sentenced to imprisonment for an offence against the laws of this Province or an offence over which the legislative authority of this Province extends even though such person is imprisoned for non-payment of money to some other person than the Crown. R.S., c. 256, s. 3.


4 Nothing in this Act contained shall be construed to imply that the Lieutenant Governor or Administrator has not had heretofore the powers and functions in Sections 2 and 3 mentioned. R.S., c. 256, s. 4.

Appointment of deputy

5 The Lieutenant Governor may, with the advice and consent of the Executive Council, from time to time appoint any person or persons, jointly or severally, to be his deputy or deputies for the Province, or any part or parts thereof, for the purpose of executing marriage licenses, money-warrants and commissions under any Act of the Legislature. R.S., c. 256, s. 5.

Great Seal

6 There shall be a Great Seal of the Province, which the Governor in Council may from time to time change. R.S., c. 256, s. 6.

Change of Great Seal

7 Whenever the Governor in Council changes the Great Seal, he shall issue a proclamation under his hand and seal directing when such change shall take effect, specifying as far as can be the changes made and describing the Seal to be thenceforth used. R.S., c. 256, s. 7.

Great Seal preserved

8 Until changed under this Act, the Great Seal at present in use shall continue to be the Great Seal of the Province. R.S., c. 256, s. 8.

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