Vladimir Putin

Richardson, The Honourable James

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The constitution and how it can shape the future of Canada and Canadians. The importance of the constitution and how it shapes our lives--defining what federal and provincial governments may do. The difference between the constitution and the laws of the land. The constitution as the "Great Law." The constitution is beyond Parliament. Bringing the constitution to Canada as opposed to the British North America Act (B.N.A. Act). Questions at issue: How are we going to amend and change the Great Law? What are we going to add to the Great Law that determines the kind of country we are? A discussion of those questions with an attempt at some suggestions and answers. Some major subjects in the discussion include language rights, formula for amendment, role of the Supreme Court, provincial vetos, unity. A call for public scrutiny and public appraisal of what is happening with the constitution.

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