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Module 31

The Era of Mega-constitutionalism in Canada, 1968-1992

P.E. Bryden

For many Canadians today, it seems that we are in a perpetual state of looming constitutional crisis. In addition to explaining how the constitution came to be such an important issue for Canadians, this module explores the roots of some of the late 20th century debates, including those over the Meech Lake and Charlottetown Accords, by looking at different versions of what happened behind closed doors.

Primary sources:

  1. Text: Constitutional Patriation: The Lougheed-Levesque Correspondence (1981-82)
  2. Text: Brian Mulroney. Behind Closed Doors (1987)
  3. Cartoon: John Collins, Unfinished Symphony (c.1968)
  4. Cartoon: ‘Reworking the Constitution’, Aislin (alias Terry Mosher) (September 28, 1977)
  5. Cartoon: ‘Trudeau Attacks Mulroney on Meech Lake’, Aislin (alias Terry Mosher) (May 28, 1987)

Secondary sources:

  1. Kenneth McRoberts. ‘Bringing Quebec into the Constitution: Missing Two Chances’ in Misconceiving Canada: The Struggle for National Unity (1997)
  2. Patrick J. Monahan. ‘The Sounds of Silence,’ in The Charlottetown Accord, the Referendum and the Future of Canada (1993)

Introduction

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