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Seminar: 'The Patriation of the Canadian Constitution 1980-1982'

Publication date: May 9, 2013 5:17:43 PM

Start: May 20, 2013 5:30:00 PM
End: May 20, 2013 7:30:00 PM

Location: UCL-Institute of the Americas, 51 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PQ


Blood on the Floor: Britain, Canada, and the Patriation of the Canadian Constitution 1980-1982: A British Insider’s View 

Vivien Hughes was the Canada Desk Officer in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and a member of the British team responsible for the patriation of the Canadian Constitution in 1982.

This was one of the pivotal moments in the history of Canada, but the process was very controversial as Pierre Trudeau’s Canada Bill did not have the full support of all of the provinces and, in particular, was opposed by the Quebec government. This created a highly sensitive dilemma for the British Government and Parliament and the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee warned that there would be ‘blood on the floor’ if the requested Canada Bill did not have the support of the provinces.

Vivien Hughes will recall the political, constitutional, and legal process in the UK leading to the passing of the Canada Act which ended Westminster’s residual power to amend the Canadian Constitution and ushered in the new era of the Charter of Rights in Canada.

Refreshments at 17:30 followed by the presentation at 18:00. Attendance is free of charge but registration is required.