The Ghost of Patriation: Conventions, Law, and the Canadian Constitution in the Quebec Secession Reference
REVUE DU BARREAU DU QUEBEC, Vol. 57, No 2, p. 291, 1997
51 Pages Posted: 26 Feb 2009
Date Written: September 1, 1997
Published before the Supreme Court handed down its opinion in the Quebec Secession Reference, this paper discusses the normative resources available to judges confronted with the prospect of fundamental constitutional change in a way which foreshadows the unprecedented approach taken by the Court in this landmark opinion. A discussion of the legacy of the so-called patriation of the Canadian Constitution brings to light the fact that the conventions and the legal rules of the constitution are necessarily underlain by the same fundamental principles which guide the evolution of the unwritten law of the constitution.
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Keywords: Secession, Secession Reference, Conventions, Constitutional Conventions, Conventions of the Constitution, Law of the Constitution, Constitution Act, Constitutional Law, Canadian Constitution, Supreme Court of Canada, Patriation, Patriation Reference, Crystallisation
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