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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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Matters of mutual interests including long awaited amendments in AJK Interim Constitution Act 1974 and endeavors for development were also discussed in the meeting.
The petition has been filed under section 44 of the AJK Interim Constitution Act, 1974 by Waheed Bashir Awan, Raja Waqas Khan and Fayyaz Ahmed Janjua of the Central Bar Association Muzaffarabad.
Speaking briefly on the occasion he said, 'Incumbent Government is engaged for the amendments in the AJK interim constitution Act 1974 so that Legislative Assembly comprising the elected representatives could become more powerful to serve the population of the state'.
Both the leaders agreed on transfer of all the subjects including the financial matters, legislation power including amendments in AJK interim constitution Act 1974, tax recovery and others from AJK Council to AJK Assembly.
It was decided to transfer all the subjects including the financial matters, legislation power including amendments in AJK interim constitution Act 1974, tax recovery and others from AJK Council to AJK Assembly.
A joint statement issued after a meeting between AJK Prime Minister Raja Muhammad Farooq Haider and PPP AJK President Chaudhry Latif Akbar here on Sunday said 'It has been decided to transfer all the subjects of the financial matters, legislation power including amendments in AJK Interim Constitution Act 1974, tax recovery and others from the council to assembly.
The pipeline is clearly an interprovincial project that falls under federal jurisdiction by virtue of The Constitution Act, 1867.
Howard Leeson was one of many participants in the negotiations that led to a final agreement - the Constitution Act 1982.
The powers and duties of the Senate are described in sections 21-36 of the Constitution Act, 1867.
Nadia Verrelli's opening chapter tells us how the formula evolved over a 115-year journey to the final set of rules that were adopted in the Constitution Act, 1982, the amendment to the Constitution that achieved patriation.
For example, ss 25 and 27 of the Constitution Act 1982 pt I
The report provides 16 recommendations outlining the work that needs to be undertaken in order for Metis rights to be met under section 35 of the Constitution Act, and an additional seventeeth recommendation on how the government needed to move forward "to advance dialogue on reconciliation with Metis in Manitoba in response to the Supreme Court of Canadas 2013 Manitoba Metis Federation decision.