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The Only Absolute Guarantee, Doug Roche, Erika Simpson Apr 2003

The Only Absolute Guarantee, Doug Roche, Erika Simpson

Political Science Publications

Doug Roche and Erika Simpson (on behalf of the Canadian Pugwash Group) presented this report to the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade “Dialogue on Foreign Policy".


The Secession Reference And The Limits Of Law, Richard Kay Dec 2002

The Secession Reference And The Limits Of Law, Richard Kay

Richard Kay

When the Supreme Court of Canada issued its judgment on the legality of "unilateral" Quebec secession in August 1998 many Canadians did not know what to make of it. The Court held that the only lawful way in which Quebec might depart the Canadian federation was through one of the amendment mechanisms provided in the Constitution Act 1982. It thus affirmed that Quebec could not secede without the agreement of at least the Houses of the federal Parliament and some number of provincial legislative assemblies. Prime Minister Chretien declared the next day that the judgement was a "victory for all ...