Constitutional Odyssey: Can Canadians Become a Sovereign People?

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University of Toronto Press, 2004 - History - 364 pages
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Constitutional Odyssey is an account of the politics of making and changing Canada's constitution from Confederation to the present day. Peter H. Russell frames his analysis around two contrasting constitutional philosophies Edmund Burke's conception of the constitution as a set of laws and practices incrementally adapting to changing needs and societal differences, and John Locke's ideal of a Constitution as a single document expressing the will of a sovereign people as to how they are to be governed.

The first and second editions of Constitutional Odyssey, published in 1992 and 1993 respectively, received wide-ranging praise for their ability to inform the public debate. This third edition continues in that tradition. Russell adds a new preface, and a new chapter on constitutional politics since the defeat of the Charlottetown Accord in 1993. He also looks at the 1995 Quebec Referendum and its fallout, the federal Clarity Act, Quebec's Self-Determination Act, the Agreement on Internal Trade, the Social Union Framework Agreement and the Council of the Federation, progress in Aboriginal self-determination such as Nunavut and the Nisga'a Agreement, and the movement to reduce the democratic deficit in parliamentary government.

Comprehensive and eminently readable, Constitutional Odyssey is as important as ever.

  

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Contents

The Question of Our Time
3
The Sovereignty of the People
7
Confederation
12
Provincial Rights
34
An Autonomous Community
53
FultonFavreau to Victoria
72
New Constitutionalism
92
Patriation
107
Meech Lake
127
The Canada Round i
154
The Sovereign People Say No
190
Canada Returns to Constitutional Normalcy
228
The Charlottetown Accord
275
NOTES
303
INDEX
345
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Peter H. Russell is University Professor Emeritus in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto.

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