Constitutional Amendment in Canada
In Canada, the 1982 Constitution Act contains the amending formula, which outlines a set of procedures required to make changes to the constitution. Recent debates over Senate reform, the status of the Supreme Court of Canada, and the rules governing royal succession have highlighted how important the amending formula is in maintaining the vitality and relevance of the governing system.
Constitutional Amendment in Canada is the first volume to focus solely on the implications of the amending formula in Canada. Emmett Macfarlane has brought together a group of expert authors to address such topics as the difficulties of constitutional reform, the intersection of various levels of government and the judiciary, and the ability of the public to veto proposed changes. Filling a serious gap in the literature, Constitutional Amendment in Canada is an authoritative study of the historical and contemporary implications of the amending formula.
- Division: Scholarly Publishing
- World Rights
- Page Count: 352 pages
- Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
‘Constitutional Amendment in Canada provides interesting food for thought on the limits of constitutional growth through formal constitutional amendment.’
Canadian Parliamentary Review vol 40:02:2017
"The contributions to this volume are exemplary and bring a multitude of perspectives to Canada’s plural formula for constitutional amendment."
David E. Smith, Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Department of Politics and Public Administration, Ryerson University
Author InformationEmmett Macfarlane is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Waterloo.
Table of contents
Introduction ‒ Striking a Balance: The Players and Procedures of Canada’s Constitutional Amending Formula
Part One: The Players
1 Searching for an Amending Formula: The 115-year Journey
2 Uncovering the Wall Surrounding the Castle of the Constitution: Judicial Interpretation of Part V of the Constitution Act, 1982
3 The Federal Principle: Constitutional Amendment and Intergovernmental Relations
4 Part II and Part V: Aboriginal Peoples and Constitutional Amendment
Part Two: The Procedures
5 Constitutional Amendment by Legislation
Warren J. Newman
6 U2: Unanimity vs. Unilateralism in Canada’s Politics of Constitutional Amendment
7 Understanding the Section 43 Bilateral Amending Formula
8 The Possibilities and Limits of Provincial Constitution-Making Power: The Case of Quebec
9 The End of Informal Constitutional Change in Canada?
Dennis Baker and Mark D. Jarvis
Part Three: The Issues
10 DIY 101: The Constitutional Entrenchment of the Supreme Court of Canada
11 The Uncertain Future of Senate Reform
12 The Crown and Constitutional Amendment after the Senate and Supreme Court References
Philippe Lagassé and Patrick Baud
13 “The Most Radical Amendment of All”: The Power to Secede and the Secession Reference
Conclusion: The Future of Canadian Constitutional Amendment
Appendix: Text of Part V of the Constitution Act, 1982
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