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After 36 years, it’s time Quebec sign the Constitution

By Andrew Caddell      

The charter's anniversary last week reminds us of how it’s changed us.

Then-prime minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau watches as the Queen signs the Constitution on April 17, 1982 in Ottawa. Library and Archives Canada photograph by Robert Cooper

The call from the Prime Minister’s Office in March 1982 came as things were not going well for the Liberal opposition in Newfoundland and Labrador. Premier Brian Peckford had called a snap “referendum” election for April 6, seeking to wrest management of offshore oil from Pierre Trudeau’s government in Ottawa. The caller enthusiastically told me the Constitution would be repatriated and signed by Queen Elizabeth in Ottawa on April 4. “It’s perfect timing,” said the PMO caller, “Your candidates will get votes when Peckford has to sit and watch the PM sign beside the Queen.”

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