Canadian annual review of politics and public affairs, 1981 by R.B Byers

By R.B Byers

The Canadian Annual Review has turn into an quintessential reference through the years. this is often its twenty-second edition.

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As soon as it became clear that Mr Trudeau was prepared to present his request for patriation to the British Parliament without their consent, they began to lobby furiously. Quebec, through its agent general in London, Gilles Loiselle, a former chief of the Quebec government's information services, had begun writing British MPs within days of the prime minister's October 2 announcement inviting them to his fashionable Kensington residence for lunches and propagandizing. While the other provinces mounted similar campaigns, none was as sophisticated or as well financed as that of Quebec's.

The first was a proposal to split the patriation package in two. In a policy paper released on January 20, the Conservatives sug- 167 THE POLITICS OF THE CONSTITUTION gested that one part be called the 'Patriation Package,' which would be sent to Great Britain for immediate action. The package would include a request for patriation of the British North America Act and an amending formula based on the so-called Vancouver consensus, a proposal originally put forward by Alberta Premier Peter Lougheed.

The most beneficial effect that charters of rights or bills of rights have had in other lands is the protection of individuals in the administration and enforcement of laws. ' Although the debate continued into the fourth week of April, its broad outlines had been drawn, and the House settled down to watch the battle unfold. The minister of state for science and technology, John Roberts, told the Commons that the government's amending procedure was fair and equitable and reflected the federal and regional nature of Canada.

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