Constitutional Odyssey: Can Canadians Become a Sovereign People? / Edition 1

Constitutional Odyssey: Can Canadians Become a Sovereign People? / Edition 1

by Peter H. Russell
     
 

ISBN-10: 0802037771

ISBN-13: 9780802037770

Pub. Date: 09/28/2004

Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division

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

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802037770
Publisher:
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date:
09/28/2004
Edition description:
Third edition
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.92(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Third Editionvi
Preface to the Second Editionviii
Preface to the First Editionix
1The Question of Our Time3
2The Sovereignty of the People7
3Confederation12
4Provincial Rights34
5An Autonomous Community53
6Mega Constitutional Politics, Round One: Fulton-Favreau to Victoria72
7Round Two: New Constitutionalism92
8Round Three: Patriation107
9Round Four: Meech Lake127
10Round Five: The Canada Round I154
11The Canada Round II: The Sovereign People Say No190
12Canada Returns to Constitutional Normalcy228
AppendixThe Charlottetown Accord275
Notes303
Index345

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