CANADA. . . NOTWITHSTANDING presents an inside account of the making of Canada's Constitution and the advent of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. It places in historical perspective all of the major episodes leading up to the Constitution Act, 1982 – from Prime Minister Trudeau's opening letter in 1976 at the Annual First Ministers' Conference in August, to the Proclamation of the Act in April, 1982. The constitutional crisis of those years severely tested the will of Canadians to exist as a united nation and obliged all governments to fashion new solutions based on compromises. The authors maintain that, while both the process and the results can be criticized, the accomplishments of true independence and far-reaching constitutional reform stand as a testament to the commitment of Canadians to maintain the "miracle of Canada's existence."Published to mark the 25th anniversary of the Constitution, this special edition includes a new introduction highlighting both the lessons learned and the political and social changes brought about by the Constitution that have since shaped our growth as a nation. This classic work is an essential resource for all those interested in Canada's constitutional law, history and politics.