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This page provides a listing of some of articles, speeches or other such materials expressing opinions about the Canadian Consitution, or a subject related to it, like minority language rights. The documents are presented roughly in order of time.
The Compact Theory of Confederation by Norman MCL Rogers published in the Canadian Bar Review.
By WS Livingston, American Political Science Review. This paper examines the controversial (to the Canadian Provinces) passing of the British North America Act (No. 2), 1949.
Pierre Elliott Trudeau's essay on the history of democracy in Quebec and the obstacles to the exercise of democracy that need to be addressed.
Bora Laskin's observations on the Fulton-Favreau formula in the McGill Law Journal.
Professor P. Hogg's view of the Supreme Court's ruling of the reference question and the role of the provinces in BNA Act amendments.
Speech given by then Québec Minister for Canadian Intergovernmental Affairs. This outlined Québec famous "5 demands" which set the stage for the Meech Lake Accord later on in June of 1987. (This was an articulation of the Liberal Party of Québec's platform from the previous year)
Pierre Elliott Trudeau writes an article on the Meech Lake Accord. PDF.
Pierre Elliott Trudeau's testimony before the Federal Parliamentary committee on the 1987 Constitional Accord (Meech Lake).
A paper produced by the Library of Paliament analysing the Meech Lake Accord.
A report by the Library of Parliament's research division describing the arguments for and against the inclusion of section 33 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms (the notwithstanding clause). English French.
A pamphlet by former prime minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau briefly recounting the history behind constitutional changes and the Supreme Court's role in determining the fate of the patriation of the constitution, to ultimately busting the myth of Quebec's "humiliation" in 1982. In it he criticises the majority opinion while pointing out that the minority was likely the most correct conclusion.
The Government of Canada's statement on Canada's Constitutional future later on became the basis of the Charlottetown Accord.
Library of Parliament study: PROPERTY RIGHTS AND THE CONSTITUTION by David Johansen.
Library of Parliament study: THE CONSTITUTION OF CANADA: A BRIEF HISTORY OF AMENDING PROCEDURE DISCUSSIONS by Daniel Dupras.
Pierre Trudeau's essay on Quebec nationalists and their agenda.
Library of Parliament study: SENATE REFORM PROPOSALS IN COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE by Jack Stilborn.
A review of constitutional activity between 1980 to 1992, by the Library of Parliament.
Pierre Trudeau goes on record with this article on the Federal Government's reaction after the October 1995 Quebec referendum.
Library of Parliament study: DISTINCT SOCIETY: ORIGINS, INTERPRETATIONS, IMPLICATIONS by Brian O'Neal.
James Ross Hurley's analysis of the amending formula and its history.
Pierre Elliott Trudeau writes in Montreal newspapers, accussing Premier Lucien Bouchard of manipulating the people of Quebec by re-writing political history.
Premier Lucien Bouchard's response to Pierre Elliott Trudeau's article.
Pierre Elliott Trudeau's final response to Premier Lucien Bouchard.
Letters written by then-Inter-governmental Affairs minister Stephan Dion to various recipients regarding the Constitution.
William F. Maton