1. In this act, unless the context indicates a different meaning, the words:—
(a) “company” shall include any corporation, association, syndicate, firm, company or other organization constituted as a corporation, but shall not include an ecclesiastical, religious or educational corporation, nor a professional syndicate formed under the Professional Syndicates Act (chapter S-40), nor a cooperative syndicate formed under the provisions of the Cooperative Syndicates Act (chapter S-38), nor the cooperative agricultural associations formed under the provisions of the Act respecting cooperative agricultural associations (chapter S-24), nor any cemetery company, whether incorporated under general or special law of Québec, provided such cemetery company has no share capital nor authority to pay either directly or indirectly any dividend, or profit, or their equivalent, to any private individual or corporation;
(b) “syndicate” shall include any association, partnership or other organization, not constituted as a corporation;
(c) “security” shall mean security as defined in the Securities Act (chapter V-1), and in the regulations made thereunder;
(d) “Minister” shall mean the Minister of Consumer Affairs, Cooperatives and Financial Institutions.