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1982: Pierre Trudeau brings home the Constitution

The Story

The constitution has made its long journey home after receiving endorsement from the British Parliament. Canada is at last a fully sovereign nation. Crowds of people line Parliament Hill, waving their flags proudly to usher in a bold new era. Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau describes the Constitution and the Charter as our defining touchstone. But, his comments are tempered by Quebec's marked rejection and he acknowledges the chasm that now exists. In this CBC live footage of the patriation ceremony, Trudeau and Queen Elizabeth speak of Canada's limitless future.

Medium: Television
Program: CBC Television News Special
Broadcast Date: April 17, 1982
Guest(s): Queen Elizabeth, Pierre Elliott Trudeau
Host: Peter Mansbridge
Duration: 20:20

Did You know?

• On the day of the proclamation ceremony, Quebec premier René Lévesque ordered the Quebec flag to be flown at half mast.

• "Today I have proclaimed this new constitution, one that is truly Canadian at last. There could be no better moment for me as Queen of Canada to declare again my unbounded confidence in the future of this wonderful country." Queen Elizabeth, the Proclamation Ceremony, April 17, 1982.


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