Constitutional Proposals and Papers

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As water passes under the bridge, so too do constitutional proposals. There are two sections here: those papers, proposals and drafts before the passing and proclamation of the Constitution Act, 1982 and those after. Some proposals contain an amending formula of some kind or another, while others propose entrenching some form of human rights guarantees. Still others can look like shopping lists of powers to be traded. Some are in the form of concrete legal drafts and others are supporting papers, statements, etc.

The reason for choosing the Constitution Act, 1982 as the historical separation line is because it is this law which allowed Canada the right to change its constitution without asking for the assent of the United Kingdom (despite being offered to do so in the late 1920's).

You should also have a look at the Committees section of this site, for further detailed discussions found in commissions, committees and miscellaneous reports. Many of these were also the result or driver behind a few meetings.

Pre-1982 Proposals

Post-1982 Proposals

These documents serve as a documentary history of proposals since the passing and proclamation of the Constitution Act, 1982. Some went on to become actual amendments while others didn't make it.

Last updated: 24 September, 2019.

William F. Maton