Seminar: 'Patriation of the Canadian Constitution 1980-1982'
Monday, 20 May 2013 from 17:30 to 19:30 (BST)
London, United Kingdom
The Patriation of the Canadian Constitution 1980-1982
Blood on the Floor: Britain, Canada, and the Patriation of the Canadian Constitution 1980-1982: A British Insider’s View
UCL-Institute of the Americas invites you to this seminar, to be delivered by Vivien Hughes, who was the Canada Desk Officer in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and a member of the British team responsible for the patriation of the Canadian Constitution in 1982.
This was one of the pivotal moments in the history of Canada, but the process was very controversial as Pierre Trudeau’s Canada Bill did not have the full support of all of the provinces and, in particular, was opposed by the Quebec government.
This created a highly sensitive dilemma for the British Government and Parliament and the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee warned that there would be ‘blood on the floor’ if the requested Canada Bill did not have the support of the provinces. Vivien Hughes will recall the political, constitutional, and legal process in the UK leading to the passing of the Canada Act which ended Westminster’s residual power to amend the Canadian Constitution and ushered in the new era of the Charter of Rights in Canada.
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UCL - Institute of the Americas
co-ordinating teaching and research on the Western Hemisphere. Its
wide coverage of the Americas includes the United States and Latin
America, the Caribbean and Canada, offering an opportunity to acquire
in-depth and multi-disciplinary knowledge of the Americas that is
unique in Europe.