Canada…Notwithstanding - The Making of the Constitution 1976 - 1982, 25th Anniversary Edition

ISBN/ISSN/Product Number: 978-0-7798-1432-9
Product Type: Book
Number of Pages: Approximately 316 pages
Number of Volumes: 1 volume bound
Binding: softcover
Publication Date: 2007-10-01
Publisher: Carswell
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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.

About the Author

Roy Romanov was first elected to the Saskatchewan Legislature in 1967 and served as Premier of Saskatchewan from 1991 to 2001. In 1971 he was appointed Deputy Premier and Attorney General, posts he held until April 1982. He was made Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs in 1979 and was a key person in the compromise that led to patriation of the Constitution in 1982. From 2001-2002 he served as Chair of the Royal Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada and in 2004 was invested as an Officer of the Order of Canada. He is now Senior Fellow in Public Policy at the University of Saskatchewan and a Visiting Fellow in the School of Policy Studies at Queen’s University.
John Whyte was a member of the Queen's University Faculty of Law from 1969 to 1996 apart from the three years leading up to the patriation of the Constitution in 1982, during which time he served as constitutional advisor in the Government of Saskatchewan. He re-joined the Saskatchewan Government in 1997 and served as Deputy Minister of Justice. He is now a Senior Policy Fellow at the Saskatchewan Institute of Public Policy.
Howard Leeson was Saskatchewan's first Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs from 1979 to 1982 and was involved during those years in federal-provincial discussions on the Constitution. From 1982 to 1992 and from 1994 to 2007 he was a member of the Faculty of Political Science at the Univerisity of Regina. From 1992 to 1994 he returned to the Saskatchewan Government where he served as Deputy Provincial Secretary, Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and the province's Chief Negotiator for the Charlottetown Agreement. He is now a Senior Policy Fellow at the Saskatchewan Institute of Public Policy.
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