An Overview of the Trudeau Constitutional Proposals
AbstractThe Trudeau Resolution, defining the process by which the federal government hopes to achieve constitutional reform, has been the source of much conflict between the federal and provincial governments. While supporting some elements of the Resolution, the author criticizes many others and points out what he considers to be the fatal flaw in the resulting model of Canadian federalism: its dependence on the ability of the federal government to represent and be seen to fairly represent all Canadians. Possible long-term effects of the Resolution on Canadian federalism and the necessity of reconciling the provincial and federal viewpoints are also examined.
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