POL214Y5 Lecture Notes - Lecture 4: Pierre Trudeau, Victoria Charter, Canada Act 1982

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The canadian constitution: the whole body of fundamental rules and principles according to which a state is governed. > relations between government and citizens: conventions - unwritten rules of constitutional behaviours that are considered to be binding (not enforceable by the courts) > severe political consequences if conventions are broken, canadian constitution: The bna act: no amending formula > had to ask britain to amend constitution, no charter or rights, lack of a court of appeals judicial court of the privy council (jcpc) 1960s - 1990s mega constitutional politics: mega in both the breath of the constitutional change and domestic politics, quiet revolution (quebec, 1960s) Shift in power from catholic church to government: victoria charter. All provinces agreed on amending formula, court council, bill of rights. > quebec veto"d it & never passed: quebec referendum (1980) Pierre trudeau promised them more power if they voted no.

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