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NOTES 1. David Cameron and Richard Simeon, “Intergovernmental Relations in Canada: The Emergence of Collaborative Federalism,” Publius: The Journal of Federalism 32, 2 (Spring 2002); Harvey Lazar, “The Federal Role in a New Social Union: Ottawa at a Crossroads,” in Canada: The State of the Federation 1997, NonConstitutional Renewal (Kingston: Institute of Intergovernmental Relations, 1998), p. 111. 2. ” 3. Richard Simeon, “Intergovernmental Relations in Canada Today: Summary of Discussion,” in Confrontation and Collaboration: Intergovernmental Relations in Canada Today, ed.
In 1981-82 a revised package, supported by all provinces except Quebec (whose concerns the process was avowedly intended to mollify), after passing through the Canadian Parliament was passed by the British Parliament. Among their other provisions, these changes gave Canada the power to amend its own constitution without reference to the British Parliament. The only provincial legislature that voted on this 1981-82 amendment package was that of Quebec, and it not surprisingly voted against it. ”30 The 1987 Meech Lake Accord of the Mulroney Conservative government attempted to rectify the problem of Quebec government’s hostility to the 198182 constitutional amendments.
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