Politics: The Constitution
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Canada's Constitutional Debate: What Makes a Nation?
In its first hundred years, geography was Canada's most obvious tie that binds. On almost all other issues, there was disagreement. Politicians debated problems of leadership, division of responsibilities, colonialism, autonomy, taxation, and more. CBC covered the constitutional debate from 1944 to 1964 as Canada struggled to make sense of its past and came closer than ever to finally bringing the Constitution home.
Charting the Future: Canada's New Constitution
It was a hard-fought coming of age for Canada. From the 1960s through the early 1980s, Canadian politicians argued fiercely at the constitutional bargaining table over the balance of provincial and federal power. In the end, Canada gained a Charter of Rights and Freedoms and a homemade Constitution. But it would not be without its costs as the question of Quebec's status in Canada loomed larger than ever.
Constitutional Discord: Meech Lake
Unfinished business brought the First Ministers back to the constitutional bargaining table in 1987. Many Canadians felt uneasy about Quebec's exclusion from the 1982 Constitution and so the negotiations began again under the leadership of Prime Minister Brian Mulroney with the Meech Lake Accord. CBC Archives examines the backroom lockdowns, the "distinct society" debate and the ultimate undercurrent of constitutional discord.
The Constitution General