In any undertaking of scholarly value (if I may be so bold as to call it
as such), a great number of books have been consulted over the years.
Here then is an annotated biblography, divided into different sections as
the Archive is.
- Peter C. Newman, Company of Adventurers, Penguin Books Canada
Ltd., 1985, ISBN 0-670-80379-0, Appendix One. David Chapman's source for
his electronic contribution of the Hudson's Bay Charter.
- Adam Shortt and Arthur G. Doughty, eds. Documents Relating to the
Constitutional History of Canada, 2nd. rev. ed. 1759-1791 (Ottawa:
Public Archives of Canada (King's Printer), 1918). An excellent
compendium of documents relating to that time. It's really a shame that
the Government of Canada hasn't re-printed this great work. Incidentally,
Arthur G. Doughty would later on become one of the architects of the
original Canadian Coat of Arms.
- Revised Statutes of Canada, 1970. Volume 7. This book has
the elusive chapter S-14,the Speaker of the Senate Act.
- Revised Statutes of Canada, 1985. Appendix II. This book has
the English and French language versions of the "Constitution". Note that
the French version isn't legal, it's just there for reference.
For that matter neither is the English one. The loose leaf edition is the
only legal reference which is officially recognized as "The Law".
Unfortunately the French version of the Constitution is still not
authoritative, meaning it doesn't have the force of law. (There was a
commission struck to fix that, and they have published suggested French
versions, but to date, nothing else has been done.)
- Revised Statutes of Canada. See above.
Quite a few copies of some of the more recent proposals are now becoming
readily available on the Internet, thanks to the initiatives of several
levels of government in Canada. The ones leading to the creation of the
Constitution Act, 1982 aren't as readily
available online, and so must be sought via traditional means.
- Bayefsky, Anne F., Canada's Constitutional Act 1982 and amendments:
a Documentary History", 1989. Toronto: McGraw-Hill-Ryerson. 2 Vols.
An excellent reference documenting the evolution of the Constitution Act, 1982, starting from 1960.
The books contain many reproductions of reports, primary source legal
documents and drafts, as well as some official inter-provincial
- Towards a Just Society: The Trudeau Years, Pierre Elliot
Trudeau, Thomas S. Axworthy, eds., 1990. Markham: Penguin. An earnest
defense of the Trudeau government's policies, which is mainly composed of
essays written by former cabinet ministers and others involved on the
inside at that time. There's an explanation by Mr. Trudeau himself on the
inclusion of the notwithstanding clause (section 33) of the Charter of
Rights and Fredoms.
Last updated: 2 March, 1998.
William F. Maton