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Day: January 14, 1983

British Columbia’s Constitutional Proposals, Paper No. 8, The Distribution of Legislative Powers

Click here to view the original document (PDF). British Columbia’s Constitutional Proposals Paper No. 8 THE DISTRIBUTION OF LEGISLATIVE POWERS INDEX I. Introduction 7 II. General Principles for Distributing Powers 9 1. Balancing Factors of Unity and Factors of Diversity in Canada 9 (a) Nationalism 10 (b) Regionalism 11 2. Benefit Sharing 12 3. Efficiency 12 4. Conclusion 13 III. Structure of Distribution of Powers Sections of the Constitution 14 1. Theoretical Possibilities 14 2. Historical Background 15 (a) Other Federations 15 (b) Canada 16 3. Analysis and Recommendation 16… Read more British Columbia’s Constitutional Proposals, Paper No. 8, The Distribution of Legislative Powers

British Columbia’s Constitutional Proposals, Paper No. 6, A Bill of Rights and the Constitution of Canada

Click here to view the original document (PDF). British Columbia’s Constitutional Proposals Paper No. 6 A BILL OF RIGHTS AND THE CONSTITUTION OF CANADA Province of British Columbia INDEX PAGE I. Introduction 7 II. Classification of Rights and Freedoms and the Government of Canada Proposals 9 III. Options for the Province 11 IV. Constitutional Entrenchment: Implications and Concerns 12 V. Conclusion 17 “. . . it should not be assumed that the court of final resort, in substituting its value preferences for those of the legisla- ture, will necessarily be… Read more British Columbia’s Constitutional Proposals, Paper No. 6, A Bill of Rights and the Constitution of Canada

British Columbia’s Constitutional Proposals, Paper No. 4, Reform of the Supreme Court of Canada

Click here to view the original document (PDF). British Columbia’s Constitutional Proposals Paper No. 4 REFORM OF THE SUPREME COURT OF CANADA Province of British Columbia INDEX Page Introduction 7 I. Criticisms of the Supreme Court of Canada 9 II. The Position or Status of the Supreme Court of Canada 11 III. The Structure of Composition of the Supreme Court of Canada 12 Appointment of Judges 12 Size of the Court 14 IV. The Jurisdiction of the Supreme Court of Canada 16 A Constitutional Court? 16 Jurisdiction Limited to Federal… Read more British Columbia’s Constitutional Proposals, Paper No. 4, Reform of the Supreme Court of Canada

British Columbia’s Constitutional Proposals, Paper No. 7, Language Rights and the Constitution of Canada

Click here to view the original document (PDF). British Columbia’s Constitutional Proposals Paper No. 7 LANGUAGE RIGHTS AND THE CONSTITUTION OF CANADA Province of British Columbia “Broad constitutional language guaran- tees are not appropriate to all of Canada and could lead a further aggravation of language differences. Instead, the answer must lie in step by step positive develop- ments on matters of language in each of the provinces of Canada as changing needs dictate. “This approach to the language ques- tion, while less dramatic than grand con- stitutional guarantees …… Read more British Columbia’s Constitutional Proposals, Paper No. 7, Language Rights and the Constitution of Canada

British Columbia’s Constitutional Proposals, Paper No. 5, Improved Instruments for Federal-Provincial Relations

Click here to view the original document (PDF). British Columbia’s Constitutional Proposals Paper No. 5 IMPROVED INSTRUMENTS FOR FEDERAL-PROVINCIAL RELATIONS Province of British Columbia INDEX INTRODUCTION S 7 SOME HIGHLIGHTS ON THE HISTORY OF FEDERAL- PROVINCIAL RELATIONS 9 PRESENT PROBLEMS WITH FEDERAL-PROVINCIAL RELATIONS 11 BRITISH COLUMBIA’S PRESENT AND PROPOSED INITIATIVES 13 A. Present Initiatives 13 1. The Office of Intergovernmental Relations 13 2. The Western Premiers’ Task Force on Constitutional Trends 13 B. Intergovernmental Organization-—Proposals for Reform 15 1. The First Ministers’ Conference 15 2. Supporting Mechanisms 15 3. The… Read more British Columbia’s Constitutional Proposals, Paper No. 5, Improved Instruments for Federal-Provincial Relations

British Columbia’s Constitutional Proposals, Paper No. 2, British Columbia: Canada’s Pacific Region

Click here to view the original document (PDF). British Columbia’s Constitutional Proposals Paper No. 2 BRITISH COLUMBIA: CANADA’S PACIFIC REGION Province of British Columbia TABLE OF CONTENTS Page INTRODUCTION 7 A HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA IN CONFEDERATION 9 Early Exploration 9 Early Settlement 9 Colonial Expansion and Union 10 British Columbia Enters Confederation 11 BRITISH COLUMBIA: CANADA’S PACIFIC REGION 13 The Unique Pacific Economy 13 Size and Significance 13 Geography and Economic Base 13 Trade Patterns 15 Other Economic Characteristics 17 Social Dimensions of the Pacific Region 19 Ethnic… Read more British Columbia’s Constitutional Proposals, Paper No. 2, British Columbia: Canada’s Pacific Region

British Columbia’s Constitutional Proposals, Paper No. 9, The Amendment of the Constitution of Canada

Click here to view the original document (PDF). British Columbia’s Constitutional Proposals Paper No. 9 THE AMENDMENT OF THE CONSTITUTION OF CANADA Psrovince of British Columbia September 1978 INDEX Page Introduction 7 I. Critique of the Existing Amendment Process 9 II. The Categories of Constitutional Amendment 11 III. The Forum for Constitutional Amendment Decisions 17 Summary of Proposals 18 “. . . the weight that ought to be given in an amending formula to Western Canada should be approximately one-third of the country as a whole. The five-region concept would… Read more British Columbia’s Constitutional Proposals, Paper No. 9, The Amendment of the Constitution of Canada