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Constitution of Canada: A Contextual Analysis (eBook)


ISBN13: 9781782252610
Published: March 2015
Publisher: Hart Publishing
Country of Publication: UK
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The book introduces and describes the principal characteristics of the Canadian Constitution, including Canada's institutional structure and the principal drivers of Canadian constitutional development.

The Constitution is set in its historical context, noting especially the complex interaction of national and regional societies that continues to shape the Constitution of Canada.

The book argues that aspects of the Constitution are best understood in 'agonistic' terms, as the product of a continuing encounter or negotiation, with each of the contending interpretations rooted in significantly different visions of the relationship among peoples and societies in Canada.

It suggests how these agonistic relationships have, to a limited extent, found expression in distinctive doctrines of Canadian constitutional law and how these doctrines represent approaches to constitutional legality that may be more widely applicable. As such the book charts the Canadian expression of trans-societal constitutional themes: democracy; parliamentarism; federalism; and human rights, and describes the institutional structure that has resulted from the interplay of these themes.

Subjects:
Other Jurisdictions , eBooks, Canada
Contents:
C1 INTRODUCTION
C2 THE MAKING OF THE CANADIAN CONSTITUTION
I. Pre-confederation Canada
A. Founding of British North America
B. Conflict, Rebellion and Responsible Government
II. Post-confederation Canada
A. Territorial Extension
B. From Colony to Nation
C. Canada's Economic Evolution
D. Provincialism, Regionalism and Canadian Nationhood
E. Federalism and the French Canadians
F. Multicultural Canada
G. Aboriginal Rights
III. The Contemporary Canadian Constitution: Patriation and its Aftermath
A. Constitution Act 1982
B. Negotiations after Patriation
C.
1995 Referendum on Quebec Sovereignty and the Secession Reference
D. 'Administrative Measures'
E. Economic Integration with the United States
IV. Conclusion Selected Reading
C3 THE LEGISLATIVE POWER
I. Parliamentary Sovereignty
A. Principle
B. Internal Limitations on Parliamentary Sovereignty
C. Limitation (or Abandonment?) of Parliamentary Sovereignty
II. Canadian Parliaments
A. Parliament of Canada
B. Provincial Legislatures
C. Other Legislative Bodies
III. The Legislative Process
IV. Parliamentary Officers
V. Parliamentary Privileges and Immunities
VI. Public Participation in the Legislative Process
VII. Elections
VIII. Reform of the Legislative Process
IX. Conclusion Selected Reading
C4 THE EXECUTIVE POWER
I. Responsible Government
A. Principle
B. Formation of Governments
C. Responsible Government as a Constitutional Convention
II. Structure of the Executive
A. The Monarchy and Its Representatives
B. Prime Minister and Cabinet
C. Ministers and their Departments
D. Government Agencies, Crown Corporations and Administrative Tribunals
III. The Rule of Law
A. Legal Foundations of Executive Authority
B. Executive Privileges and Immunities
C. Institutionalization of the Rule of Law
IV. Conclusion Selected Reading
C5 THE JUDICIARY
I. Court Structure
A. Superior Courts
B. Federal Court
C. Provincial Courts
D. Administrative Tribunals
E. Supreme Court of Canada
II. Judicial Independence
A. Constitution Act 1867, Sections 99 and 100
B. Constitution Act 1982, Section 11(d)
C. Implied Principle of Judicial Independence
III. Supreme Court of Canada as a Constitutional Court
A. References and Justiciability
B. Parties, Intervenors, Representation and Evidence
C. Constitutional Remedies
IV. Conclusion Selected Reading
C6 FEDERALISM
I. Visions of the Canadian Federation
A. Canada as a Quasi-Federation
B. Compact versus Statute?
C. Quebec's Distinct Society versus the Equality of the Provinces
D. Comparisons to the European Union
E. Conclusion
II. Principles of Interpretation of the Division of Powers
III. Federal and Provincial Powers
A. Peace, Order and Good Government
B. 'Property and Civil Rights' and 'Matters of a Merely Local or Private Nature'
C. Federal Economic Powers
D. Criminal Law Power
E. Social Legislation
F. Citizenship, International Affairs and Defence
G. Provincial Authority over Public Lands
H. Fiscal Relations, Taxation, Equalization and the Spending Power
IV. Cooperative Federalism
V. Conclusion
Selected Reading
C7 RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS
I. The Universe of Rights Protections in Canada
A. Legislative Support of Rights
B. Courts and Rights Before the Charter
C. Executive Enforcement of Rights
II. Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
A. Application and Structure
B. Substance of Rights and Freedoms under the Charter
III. Conclusion
Selected Reading
C8 ABORIGINAL PEOPLES
I. Constitution Act 1982, Section 35
A. Adoption of Section 35
B. Aboriginal Rights to Land and Resources
C. Effect of Section 35
D. Haida and the Turn towards Interim Measures
II. Federal/Provincial Authority, Fiduciary Obligations and the Honour of the Crown
A. Constitutional Authority with respect to Aboriginal Peoples
B. Fiduciary Duty and the Honour of the Crown
III. Treaties
IV. Self-government
V. Resurgence of Aboriginal Jurisdictions
VI. Conclusion

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