3. The Government, upon the petition of the council of any city or town corporation, even if it is not governed by this act, may grant letters patent to replace in whole or in part the provisions of its charter by those of this act, to strike from its charter any provision for which this act contains no corresponding provision, or to change its name. The changes provided for in this section and made by letters patent shall have the same force and effect as if made by statute.
Such petition cannot be submitted to the Government unless a notice summarizing briefly the object thereof has been published at least one month beforehand in the Gazette officielle du Québec; within the same delay a public notice must be given, in the municipality, in conformity with section 345.
The Government, upon the recommendation of the Commission de toponymie du Québec, may grant letters patent to correct the spelling of the name of a corporation contemplated in the first paragraph.
The Minister of Municipal Affairs shall cause such letters patent to be published in the Gazette officielle du Québec with a notice stating the date of their coming into force. The Québec Official Publisher shall insert in each annual compilation of the statutes of Québec a table giving the date of the coming into force of the letters patent granted before the printing thereof and the legislative provisions that they repeal.
R. S. 1964, c. 193, s. 2; 1968, c. 23, s. 8; 1968, c. 55, s. 3; 1974, c. 45, s. 1; 1977, c. 5, s. 228.