Nova Scotia Executive Council fonds

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Nova Scotia Executive Council fonds

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  • 1821 - 2004 (Creation)
    Nova Scotia. Council

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50.6 m of textual records (413 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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In 1837 the Royal Instructions to the Lieutenant Governor were modified and the old Council of Twelve [Fifteen] passed out of existence. It was replaced by two separate and independent bodies -- the Executive Council to advise the Lieutenant Governor, and the Legislative Council to serve as the upper chamber of Nova Scotia's newly bicameral legislature. After the achievement of responsible government in 1848, the members of the Executive Council were invariably chosen from the party holding the greater number of seats in the Assembly. The president of the Executive Council (Cabinet) is the person holding the recognized position of premier or first minister. The governing statute is the Executive Council Act.

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Fonds consists of records deriving from and documenting the ministerial functions of the Executive Council.

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  • RG 3, Vol 1-2, 7-9 Petitions
  • RG 3, Vol 2-6 Memoranda books
  • RG 3, Vol 10-19, 86-109, 191-208, 250, and annual accessions. OIC Recommendations
  • RG 3, Vol 20 - 85. OIC Recommendations with miscellaneous papers
  • RG 3, Vol 110-138, 171-189, 1992-271, 1992-485, 1999-25 OIC Papers
  • RG 3, Vol 139-170, 220-249 OIC Books
  • RG 3, Vol 209 Benefit and relief society constitutions
  • RG 3, Vol 210, 218-9 Appointment lists
  • RG 3. Vol 211-217 Rural electrification contracts
  • RG 3, Vol 250 Attendance registers

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Related records may be found in the Commissioner of Public Records collection (RG 1).

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