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Encyclopedia > Unsuccessful attempts to amend the Canadian Constitution

Since the Constitution of Canada was patriated in 1982, there have been a number of failed attempts to amend the document under the new amending formula. Regions Political culture Foreign relations Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      The Constitution of Canada is the supreme law in Canada. ... Look up Patriation in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... An amendment is a change to the constitution of a nation or a state. ...


To date, only ten minor Amendments to the Constitution of Canada have successfully passed. There have, however, also been a number of unsuccessful attempts that have been defeated in the amending process. Amendments to the Constitution of Canada are changes to the Constitution of Canada initiated by the government. ...

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Property Rights Amendment, 1983

On April 18, 1983, Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau expressed support for entrenching property rights in the Constitution, but only if debate were limited to a single day, and the debate became engulfed in partisan tactics. Eleven days later, the Progressive Conservative Opposition introduced a motion of non-confidence in the Canadian House of Commons that sought to entrench the right to the "enjoyment of property" in the Constitution of Canada. The Trudeau government was not prepared to support its own defeat by backing such a motion (in any case, its passing would dissolve the House and prevent the Senate from considering it), and on May 2, 1983, the motion was defeated, with 88 votes in favour and 126 opposed. [1] April 18 is the 108th day of the year (109th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... For other uses, see Pierre Elliott Trudeau (disambiguation). ... ... The House of Commons (French: Chambre des communes) is a component of the Parliament of Canada, along with the Sovereign (represented by the Governor General) and the Senate. ...


Powers of the Senate Amendment, 1984

Following the election of Conservative Prime Minister Brian Mulroney in 1984, the Canadian Senate came under increased scrutiny. Under the Canadian system, the Senate is appointed by the Prime Minister, and during his time in office, Mulroney's predecessor, Pierre Trudeau had appointed a great deal of senators, giving the Liberal Party of Canada a majority in the upper house. There was a fear that the Senate would block Mulroney's legislation, so an attempt to amend the constitution was made in 1984, to limit the powers of the Senate. Martin Brian Mulroney, PC, CC, GOQ, LLD (born March 20, 1939), was the eighteenth Prime Minister of Canada from September 17, 1984, to June 25, 1993 and was leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada from 1983 to 1993. ... The Senate of Canada (French: Le Sénat du Canada) is a component of the Parliament of Canada, along with the Sovereign (represented by the Governor General) and the House of Commons. ... The Liberal Party of Canada (French: ), colloquially known as the Grits (originally Clear Grits), is a Canadian federal political party. ...


Under the terms of the proposed amendment, the Senate would have a suspensive veto of 30 days on money bills and a 45 day supensive veto on all other bills. The Palace of Westminster, also known as the Houses of Parliament. ...


The proposed amendment secured the stated support of the majority of provincial governments, except Quebec and Manitoba, which was still enough to pass. The amendment was introduced into the House of Commons on June 7, 1985. However, 19 days later the government of Ontario changed hands, and the new Liberal Premier refused to support the amendment. Without Ontario's support the amendment could not meet the 50% of the population qualification needed for ratification, so the amendment died. June 7 is the 158th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (159th in leap years), with 207 days remaining. ... Year 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays 1985 Gregorian calendar). ...


Rights of the Unborn Amendment, 1986-1987

A motion calling for an amendment that would have enshrined rights for the "unborn" in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms (and thus limited the legality of abortion) was introduced by the Progressive Conservative Party to the House of Commons on November 21, 1986. On June 2, 1987 the motion failed. Several Progressive Conservatives broke ranks to vote against the amendment. The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms is the bill of rights which forms part of the Constitution of Canada adopted in 1982. ... November 21 is the 325th day of the year (326th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ...


Meech Lake Accord, 1987-1990

Main article: Meech Lake Accord

The Meech Lake accord was a complex package of amendments designed to address a number of concerns with the Canadian constitution. Among other things, it proposed granting the province of Quebec nominal "distinct status" within the Canadian federation, and would have changed the amending formula of the constitution itself, requiring a greater number of future amendments to require unanimous consent. It ultimately failed when the Manitoba legislature and government of Newfoundland refused to assent. The Meech Lake Accord was a set of failed amendments to the Constitution of Canada negotiated in 1987 by Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and the provincial premiers, including Robert Bourassa, premier of Quebec. ...


Charlottetown Accord, 1990-1992

Main article: Charlottetown Accord

Like Meech, the Charlottetown Accord was a package of amendments designed to address a number of concerns with the Canadian constitution, many of which were similar to those originally included in the former. It was decided that a national referendum would be held on the matter, but the referendum failed in a number of provinces and did not come close to achieving the unanimous assent necessary. Headline on October 27, 1992 Globe and Mail. ...


Preamble to the Charter, 1999

In 1999, New Democratic Party MP Svend Robinson proposed before the House of Commons that the mention of God be struck from the preamble to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, citing concerns about Canada's diversity and those Canadians who would not share that principle. He was supported by a thousand constituents who had signed a petition, but the proposal was controversial and the party responded by undermining Robinson's responsibilities and position in the caucus. This article is about the Canadian political party. ... Svend Robinson Svend Johannes Robinson (born March 4, 1952) is a Canadian politician and prominent activist for gay rights. ... The preamble to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms is the introductory sentence (preamble) to the Constitution of Canadas Charter of Rights and Constitution Act, 1982. ...



Constitution of Canada
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Constitution Act, 1867
Division of powers | Peace, order and good government | Criminal law power | Trade and Commerce clause | Works and Undertakings | Property and civil rights | Disallowance and reservation

Canada Act 1982
Constitution Act, 1982
Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms | Aboriginal Rights clause | Amending formula

List of Canadian constitutional documents

History of the Constitution
Royal Proclamation of 1763 | Quebec Act | Constitutional Act of 1791 | Act of Union 1840 | British North America Acts | Statute of Westminster 1931
Constitutional debate
Fulton-Favreau formula | Victoria Charter | Meech Lake Accord | Charlottetown Accord | Calgary Declaration | Other unsuccessful amendments
Interpretation of the Constitution
Pith and substance | Double aspect | Paramountcy | Living tree | Implied Bill of Rights | Dialogue principle | Interjurisdictional immunity

 
 

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