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Month: February 1975

Memorandum to Mr. Robertson- Re: “Patriation” and the “Legal Vacuum”

Click here to view the original document (PDF). *This document contains handwritten notes. Please see PDF to view them.* February 20, 1975 MEMORANDUM TO MR. ROBERTSON c.c. Mrs. B.J. Reed From: R.B. Bryce Re: “Patriation” and the “Legal Vacuum” You have made several references to the legal vacuum that might exist if we bring the Constitution of Canada to Canada without a ready amending formula. I am not sure that there would be such a vacuum if the British power to amend the BNA Act is terminated in the way… Read more Memorandum to Mr. Robertson- Re: “Patriation” and the “Legal Vacuum”

Memorandum for Mr. Pitfield- Amending procedure and “patriation” of the constitution

Click here to view the original document (PDF). CONFIDENTIAL February 19th, 1975. MEMORANDUM FOR MR. PITFIELD Amending procedure and “patriation” of the constitution Further to my memorandum of a few days ago, I am sending herewith a copy of a second memorandum to the Prime Minister that I think is self-explanatory. I think the proposal here is a great deal better than the one in my initial memorandum. I would welcome any comments. R.G.R. CONFIDENTIAL February 18th, 1975. NOTES OF WHAT WE DECIDED ABOUT “PATRIATION” A. Proposed Sequence of Events… Read more Memorandum for Mr. Pitfield- Amending procedure and “patriation” of the constitution

Memorandum for the Prime Minister- The question of an amending procedure and “patriation” of the constitution

Click here to view the original document (PDF). c.c.: Mr. Pitfield Mr. Bryce Mr. Carter Mr. Haney Mr. Gwyn Mr. Gravelle Miss Macdonald CONFIDENTIAL Miss Macdonald February 19th, 1975. MEMORANDUM FOR THE PRIME MINISTER The question of an amending procedure and “patriation” of the constitution Since my memorandum to you of February 11th, we have had two very fruitful meetings to discuss the best way of tackling the amending procedure and “patriation” of the constitution. The result does not modify the main part of the memorandum but we have arrived… Read more Memorandum for the Prime Minister- The question of an amending procedure and “patriation” of the constitution

Memorandum for the Prime Minister – The question of an amending procedure and “patriation” of the constitution

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Memorandum for Mr. Gravelle- Amending procedure and “patriation” of the constitution

Click here to view the original document (PDF). CONFIDENTIAL February l9th, 1975. c.c.: Mr. Haney Mr. Gwyn MEMORANDUM FOR MR. GRAVELLE Amending procedure and “patriation” of the constitution Attached is a copy of a memorandum I am sending to the Prime Minister to give him the “nub” of our conclusions in the meetings we had on Monday and Tuesday. I note from my distribu~ tion list that I had neglected to send you, Bill Haney and Nick Gwyn copies of my memorandum of February 11th to the Prime Minister. A… Read more Memorandum for Mr. Gravelle- Amending procedure and “patriation” of the constitution

Memorandum for Mr. Bryce – Amending procedure and “patriation” of the constitution

Click here to view the original document (PDF). CONFIDENTIAL February 19th, 1975. MEMORANDUM FOR MR. BRYCE Amending procedure and “patriation” of the constitution Thank you for your “notes” of yesterday’s date about “what we decided”. I have now done a new memorandum for the Prime Minister, a copy of which is attached. As you will see, I have borrowed pretty heavily from your formulation of the “substance of proposals”. I am anxious that the Prime Minister get this during the present week in case there may be some prospect of… Read more Memorandum for Mr. Bryce – Amending procedure and “patriation” of the constitution

Memorandum to Mr. R.G. Robertson- General Comments on the Paper on the Constitution

Click here to view the original document (PDF). Deputy Minister of Welfare Health and Welfare Canada Sous-ministre du Bien-être social Santé et Bien-être social Canada CONFIDENTIAL February 17, 1975 MEMORANDUM TO MR. R.G. ROBERTSON From: A.W. Johnson General Comments on the Paper on the Constitution 1. I was struck at first rather more by the tactical questions than the strategic ones, I guess. Today, and in particular at the next Federal-Provincial Conference, “provincial rights” is and will be running strong, with the result that the federal bargaining power may well… Read more Memorandum to Mr. R.G. Robertson- General Comments on the Paper on the Constitution

Memorandum for the Prime Minister- Discussions with the Provinces on “patriation” of the constitution and an amending procedure

Click here to view the original document (PDF). CONFIDENTIAL February 11th, 1975. MEMORANDUM FOR THE PRIME MINISTER Discussions with the provinces on “patriation” of the constitution and an amending procedure Since our last discussion concerning the constitution, I have been giving some thought to the way of reopening with the provinces the possibility of working toward some action on the aspects you referred to in your speech in the Debate on the Address last October. There are a number of questions as to substance and procedure that arise and your… Read more Memorandum for the Prime Minister- Discussions with the Provinces on “patriation” of the constitution and an amending procedure