18. The county agricultural societies, comprised within each of the judicial districts of Québec, may form together a district agricultural society, by adopting resolutions to that end, either collectively or separately, and sending them to the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.
Whenever all the societies of a district, or not less than three of them, have resolved to constitute themselves into a district agricultural society, and have for that object appropriated at least $100 each, the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he approve their proceedings, shall transmit to the Inspector General of Financial Institutions a notice of the formation of such society. The notice shall indicate the name and the address of the head office of the society. The Inspector General shall deposit the notice in the register instituted under the Act respecting the legal publicity of sole proprietorships, partnerships and legal persons (chapter P-45). From the date of such deposit, the agricultural societies of such district, which have resolved to constitute themselves into a district society, shall be a corporation under the name of “The Agriculture Society of the District of ”, and may acquire and hold immovable property and buildings in which to hold their exhibitions and meetings, or therein to maintain a school of agriculture, and may sell and lease the said immovable property or otherwise dispose thereof, provided always that they do not, at any time, hold more than 122 ha.
The Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food shall refuse to authorize a resolution containing a name that is not in conformity with any of paragraphs 1 to 6 of section 1.1.
The societies in the district which are not united to, and do not form part of, the district society, shall remain separate.
Any county agricultural society may annex itself to an agricultural society of an adjoining district by appropriating at least $100 for such purpose, and such society, so united, shall be for all agricultural purposes considered as forming part of the district to which it shall be so annexed.
R. S. 1964, c. 112, s. 18; 1973, c. 22, s. 22; 1979, c. 77, s. 21; 1984, c. 47, s. 213; 1993, c. 48, s. 445.