16. The Government may decide that any city, town, village or country municipality, by whatever law governed, which no longer fulfils the conditions that enabled it to be constituted, shall become a municipality.
It may also do so if the members of the council of a municipality mentioned in the first paragraph can no longer be elected or appointed under the law governing it.
The Minister shall give notice of such decision in the Gazette officielle du Québec and such decision shall take effect from the date mentioned in the notice.
In addition to the powers contemplated in section 5, the Government may, by letters patent, declare applicable to a municipality contemplated in section 16, certain provisions of any special act governing it.