Possible test questions
o What is the difference between a big-C and a small-c constitution?
o What are the three pillars of a constitution?
o What is a constitution?
Topics for this lecture
o The SCC on the Constitution
o Competing Constitutional visions (4)
o Amending formulae (5)
o The parliament is responsible for certain things, whereas the province is responsible
for other things.
o Global system of constitutional rules and principles
o A superficial provision of readings of the constitution may be misleading - it is
necessary for a profound reading which animates the whole of the Constitution.
o Reflects the will of the people
If you're going to change the Constitution, it has to be in accordance with the
power of those elected into power
o Four constitutional visions:
Refers to two; two parliaments, in this case (Parliament of Canada &
Parliament of Quebec)
Aboriginals had their own image of the Canadian Constitution
They believe that they have constitutional statuses in this country that are
different from everybody else's; seeing as how everybody else is
Section 35 in the Constitution - refers to the rights of Aboriginals.
Deals with all provinces
Importance of having the provinces on board
o The Supreme court asked f