Month: October 1975

Memorandum for the Prime Minister – Further Steps re: Patriation of the Constitution

Click here to view the original document (PDF). CONFIDENTIAL October 31st, 1975. MEMORANDUM FOR THE PRIME MINISTER: Further steps re patriation of the constitution Since our conversation at lunch on Wednesday, I have spoken on the telephone to Chouinard about the final adjustments made, pursuant to your notes on my memorandum of October 23rd, in the draft proclamation and made very clear to him that the addition of a reference to “social policy” in Article 39 is the last change of substance that you are prepared to consider in these… Read more Memorandum for the Prime Minister – Further Steps re: Patriation of the Constitution

Draft – Form for a Proclamation of the Governor General

Click here to view the original document (PDF). D R A F T CONFIDENTIAL October 30th, 1975. Form for a Proclamation of the Governor General Whereas it is fitting that it should be possible to amend the Constitution of Canada in all respects by action of the appropriate instrumentalities of government in Canada acting separately or in concert as may best suit the matter in question; And whereas it is desirable to make more specific provision respecting the constitutional status of the English and French languages in Canada and to… Read more Draft – Form for a Proclamation of the Governor General

Memorandum for Mr. Robertson – Re: Six-Month Time Limit in Supreme Court Article 30(2) of the Victotria Charter

Click here to view the original document (PDF). *There are handwritten notes on this document. Please consult PDF to view them. CONFIDENTIAL October 29th, 1975. MEMORANDUM FOR MR. ROBERTSON Re: Six-Month Time Limit in Supreme Court Article 30(2) of the Victoria Charter The verbatim transcript discloses (pp. 433-34) that the procedure outlined in 30(2) was devised at Victoria to deal with the unlikely situation where a province might attempt to undermine the viability of the Supreme Court by refusing to name a chairman. In the draft first proposed there was… Read more Memorandum for Mr. Robertson – Re: Six-Month Time Limit in Supreme Court Article 30(2) of the Victotria Charter

Memorandum for Mr. R.G. Robertson – Further Action on Patriation

Click here to view the original document (PDF). *This document contains handwritten notes. Please consult PDF to view them.* CONFIDENTIAL October 29, 1975 MEMORANDUM FOR MR. R.G. ROBERTSON cc: Mr. F.A.G. Carter Mr. P. Jodouin Mrs. B.J. Reed Further Action on Patriation Mrs. Reed and I had a brief conversation yesterday morning about further action on patriation. She will have a meeting early Wednesday afternoon with Mr. Thorson and Mr. Strayer in Justice in order to review the full Form for a Proclamation with them. This is the earliest time… Read more Memorandum for Mr. R.G. Robertson – Further Action on Patriation

Memorandum for Mr. R.G. Robertson – The Patriation Exercise: A Tally of the Points Raised by Mr. Chouinard and the Reactions of the Prime Minister

Click here to view the original document (PDF). CONFIDENTIAL October 29, 1975 MEMORANDUM FOR MR. R.G. ROBERTSON cc: Mr. F.A.G. Carter Mr. P. Jodouin Mrs. B.J. Reed The Patriation Exercise: A Tally of the Points Raised by Mr. Chouinard and the Reactions of the Prime Minister 1. Points Raised by Mr. Chouinard On October 8th, 1975, Mr. Chouinard conveyed to you, by telephone, the reactions of Mr. Bourassa to the draft Form for a Proclamation. He made the following comments: a) Mr. Bourassa was “très enthousiaste”. b) The draft should… Read more Memorandum for Mr. R.G. Robertson – The Patriation Exercise: A Tally of the Points Raised by Mr. Chouinard and the Reactions of the Prime Minister

Memorandum for Mr. Hurley – Further action on “patriation” of the constitution

Click here to view the original document (PDF). CONFIDENTIAL October 27th, 1975. c.c.: Mr. Pitfield Mr. Carter Mr. Jodouin Mrs. Reed MEMORANDUM FOR MR. HURLEY Further action on “patriation” of the constitution Attached is the original of my memorandum of October 23rd to the Prime Minister about “next steps on the “patriation” of the constitution” as well as the original of a memorandum of October 27th from Mary Macdonald with the Prime Minister’s comments. There are several things now necessary: A. A memorandum to the Prime Minister dealing with the… Read more Memorandum for Mr. Hurley – Further action on “patriation” of the constitution

Memorandum for R.G. Robertson – Re: Your memorandum to the Prime Minister

Click here to view the original document (PDF). CONFIDENTIAL October 27, 1975 MEMORANDUM FOR R.G. ROBERTSON From: Mary Macdonald Re: Your memorandum to the Prime Minister, October 23, 1975: “Next steps on the ‘patriation’ of the constitution” The Prime Minister has made the following comments: Page 1 “Art. 5: Is it necessary to extend as I indicate in margin? (including preambule? Proclamation?). Art. 16(2): Why did we make it so long?” Page 2, paragraph 2 “O.K. providing this is clear.” Page 3, The question of a reference to the Courts.… Read more Memorandum for R.G. Robertson – Re: Your memorandum to the Prime Minister

Memorandum for Mr. Robertson – Revised Draft Proclamation of the Governor General

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