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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Martin s broad skill set includes advising clients on obtaining Competition Act and Investment Canada Act clearance for domestic and international merger transactions across various industries.
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.
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.
By resorting to the euphemism "medical aid in dying;' the Quebec government hopes to bolster its pretence that Bill 52 relates to the provincial power over medicare in section 92(6) of the Constitution of Canada Act rather than the criminal power of Parliament in section 91 (27).
As per the Investment Canada Act, foreign takeovers valued at more than CAD330m need to be in the country's interest and provide a net benefit to Canada.
Under the Investment Canada Act, Paradis must decide whether the proposed takeover would bring a "net benefit" to Canada.
The proposed deal between the two exchanges has run into foreign ownership concerns in Canada, which plans to review the deal under the terms of the Investment Canada Act.
The 1994 National Sports of Canada Act declared ice hockey the national winter sport and lacrosse--invented by Native Americans--the national summer sport.
According to Privy Council documents obtained by the Bookseller, an inquiry ordered by Canada's Governor General (The Queen's representative in the country) under the Investment Canada Act will probe "investment by Amazon.
Canada) analyzes the political career of the late Jim Walding, a New Democratic Party member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, Canada, from 1971 to 1988, drawing connections between his increasing estrangement from his party and the failure of the Meech Lake Accords, a set of failed constitutional amendments intended to persuade the Province of Quebec to endorse the Canada Act (by which the British Parliament severed all direct political dependence and obligation of Canada to the British Parliament).
Steel Canada is a remedy available to the federal court under the Investment Canada Act, in which foreign buyers must establish that their investment is "likely to be of net benefit to Canada," Lakeside said.