The municipal history of Quebec started in 1796 with the creation of administrations for Montréal and Quebec City, but it really developed in a first time after 1841, when, on 1 July 1845, the Parliament of the Province of Canada adopted a law (8 Victoria, chapter 40) to create local authorities in Lower Canada.
Those localities were disbanded 1 September 1847 by the law 10-11 Victoria, chapter 7, to create county municipalities, but were reinstated 1 July 1855 by the law 18 Victoria, chapter 100. This same bill provided the right to settlements out of a parish populated with more than 300 inhabitants to become a municipality 1 January of the following year. Another act later provided new conditions for the creation of municipalities (23 Victoria chapter 61).
For more than a century localities changed little. The major modifications were from the colonization of new territories. Until 2002 and 2006, there were no major reorganizations in the municipal history of Quebec, with the notable exceptions of Laval, Mirabel and Bécancour.
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“No sane local official who has hung up an empty stocking over the municipal fireplace, is going to shoot Santa Claus just before a hard Christmas.”
—Alfred E. Smith (18731944)
“We are told that men protect us; that they are generous, even chivalric in their protection. Gentlemen, if your protectors were women, and they took all your property and your children, and paid you half as much for your work, though as well or better done than your own, would you think much of the chivalry which permitted you to sit in street-cars and picked up your pocket- handkerchief?”
—Mary B. Clay, U.S. suffragist. As quoted in History of Woman Suffrage, vol. 4, ch. 3, by Susan B. Anthony and Ida Husted Harper (1902)