By R.B Byers
The Canadian Annual Review has turn into an integral reference through the years. this is often its twenty-second edition.
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The committee also rejected two amendments proposed by its Conservative members. The first was a proposal to split the patriation package in two. In a policy paper released on January 20, the Conservatives sug- 167 THE POLITICS OF THE CONSTITUTION gested that one part be called the 'Patriation Package,' which would be sent to Great Britain for immediate action. The package would include a request for patriation of the British North America Act and an amending formula based on the so-called Vancouver consensus, a proposal originally put forward by Alberta Premier Peter Lougheed.
Although the Conservatives conceded that some additional details of the formula regarding financial compensation for provinces opting out of amendments had not been finalized, they pointed out that these would be dealt with by a conference of First Ministers to be held after the formula had become part of the new constitution. The second part of the package, 'the Canadian Package,' would include an improved Charter of Rights, which would not be sent to Westminster but would be approved by Parliament and presented to the provinces for their approval under the new amending formula.
This proposal allows Ottawa to ignore the provinces absolutely and to change the most basic law we have, our Canadian Constitution, and it thereby opens the door for the provinces to be ignored on other questions too. That again breaks and abandons the Canadian tradition of partnership. Finally, I ask that this proposal be contrasted with the tradition of respect for Canadian sovereignty. Our Canadian tradition is to make our decisions ourselves. This proposal could not be accepted in Canada. The government itself argues that provincial legislatures would take longer in approving the Charter of Rights.
Canadian annual review of politics and public affairs, 1981 by R.B Byers