Canada's Constitutional Revolution

Canada's Constitutional Revolution

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Wayne State
From 1960 to 1982 Barry L. Strayer was instrumental in the design of The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the patriation of Canada’s Constitution. Here Dr. Strayer shares his experiences as a key legal advisor with a clear, personal voice that yields an insightful contribution to Canadian history and political memoir. He discusses the personal philosophies of Pierre Trudeau and F.R. Scott in addition to his meticulous accounts of the events and people involved in Canada’s constitutional reform, and the consequences of that reform, which reveal that it was truly a revolution. This is an accessible primary source for experts and non-specialists interested in constitutional history studies, political history of patriation and The Charter, interpretation of The Charter, and the nature of judicial review.

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Strayer (former legal adviser to the Canadian government and a retired federal judge) shares a narrative of the primary issues and events in the creation and adoption of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms during the early 1980s as well as personal experiences and observations during his 22 years of involvement with the effort. Because the changes the charter brought about were so profound and controversial, he compares the impact of the process to that of the Quiet Revolution in Quebec. He provides an informed description of the "patriation" process (by which Canada gained formal control over changes in her constitution), and the political and pragmatic beginnings of the charter, including high-profile personalities such as Frank Scott and Pierre Trudeau. The book will attract readers interested in contemporary Canadian political history and government. Distributed in the U.S. by Wayne State University Press. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Edmonton : University of Alberta Press, 2013
Description: xvii, 335 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
ISBN: 9780888646491
Branch Call Number: 342.029 Str


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