Canada Act

Canada Act,

also called the Constitutional Act of 1982, which made Canada a fully sovereign state. The British Parliament approved it on Mar. 25, 1982, and Queen Elizabeth II proclaimed it on Apr. 17, 1982. When Quebec residents voted (May, 1980) in a referendum not to seek sovereignty, Prime Minister Trudeau moved to create an amended constitution. The final document, agreed upon in Nov., 1981, by the federal government and every province except Quebec, combines the British North America ActBritish North America Act,
law passed by the British Parliament in 1867 that provided for the unification of the Canadian provinces into the dominion of Canada. Until 1982 the act also functioned as the constitution of Canada.
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 of 1867, subsequent amendments to that act by the British Parliament, and new material resulting from 18 months of intense negotiations between federal and provincial powers. It contains a Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which guarantees 34 rights including religious freedom, minority language education, and cultural tolerance. The Charter contains a clause which allows many rights to be overridden in federal or provinical legislatures by a "notwithstanding clause." Other parts of the Act recognize native treaty rights, increase the power provinces have over their natural resources, and provide an amendment formula, which requires approval of two-thirds (seven) of the provinces and 50% of the country's population. Quebec's attempts to oppose the Canada Act ended in Dec., 1982, when its claim to constitutional veto was rejected by the Supreme Court of Canada. Negotiations with Quebec continued with the Meech Lake AccordMeech Lake Accord,
set of constitutional reforms designed to induce Quebec to accept the Canada Act. The Accord's five basic points, proposed by Quebec Premier Robert Bourassa, include a guarantee of Quebec's special status as a "distinct society" and a commitment to Canada's
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, which failed in 1990, and with subsequent federal initiatives.
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(NYSE: GG, TSX: G) ("Goldcorp" or the "Company") today announced that Newmont Mining Corporation (NYSE: NEM) ("Newmont") has received Investment Canada Act approval in connection with the previously-announced plan of arrangement (the "Arrangement"), whereby Newmont will acquire all outstanding common shares of Goldcorp.
Goldcorp (GG) announced that Newmont Mining (NEM) has received Investment Canada Act approval in connection with the previously-announced plan of arrangement, whereby Newmont will acquire all outstanding common shares of Goldcorp.
Arab countries, China and Canada act as potential investors, showing great interest in the project.
Yet, the Constitution Act, 1982 owes its very existence to an Act of the British Parliament, namely the Canada Act 1982, numbered as Chapter 11 of the 1982 United Kingdom statutes of the U.K.
On October 24, 2014, the Government of Canada announced a proposed amendment to the Public Health Agency of Canada Act through a budget implementation bill, Bill C-43.
The national holiday, previously known as Dominion Day, became Canada Day after Canada Act was passed in 1982, allowing the country's complete sovereignty from British rule.
Calgary-based Calgary Sinoenergy Investment Corporation has received approval under the Investment Canada Act for the acquisition of Long Run Exploration Ltd.
Section 18 of our Constitution (3), as confirmed by section 4 of the Parliament of Canada Act, confers on both the Senate and the House of Commons the same powers and privileges as those belonging to the British House of Commons at the time of Confederation.
Not only will Canada act on seeking retaliation permission from the WTO, but Ritz warned that the final list could stretch beyond the products identified thus far which include pork, cheese, apples, corn, maple syrup, chocolate, pasta, jewelry and mattresses.
Bank of Canada was founded by the Bank of Canada Act on July 3, 1934, as a privately owned corporation.
The Investment Canada Act has seen its fair share of criticism, but Melanie Aitken, co-chair of competition, anti-trust and foreign development at Bennet Jones, has worked directly with the Act before and says that most criticism is unwarranted.