[14 January 1998]
By His Excellency the Right Honourable Roméo Leblanc, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada
To All to Whom these Presents shall come,
Whereas section 43 of the Constitution Act, 1982 provides that an amendment to the Constitution of Canada may be made by proclamation issued by the Governor General under the Great Seal of Canada where so authorized by resolutions of the Senate and House of Commons and of the legislative assembly of each province to which the amendment applies;
And whereas the Senate adopted a resolution on December 18, 1997 authorizing an amendment to the Consttution of Canada;
And whereas the House of Commons adopted a resolution on December 9, 1997 authorizing an amendment to the Constitution of Canada;
And whereas the House of Assembly of the Province of Newfoundland adopted a resolution on September 5, 1997 authorizing an amendment to the Constitution of Canada;
And whereas the Queen's Privy Council for Canada has advised me to issue this proclamation;
Now know You that I do issue this proclamation amending the Constitution of Canada in accordance with the schedule hereto.
In Testimony Whereof I have caused these Letters to be made patent and the Great Seal of Canada to be hereunto affixed.
At Government House, in the City of Ottawa, this eigth day of January in the Year of Our Lord One Thousand Nine Hundred and Ninety-eight.
Prime Minister of Canada
Attorney General of Canada
Registrar General of Canada
AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION OF CANADA
1. Term 17 of the Terms of Union of Newfoundland with Canada set out in the Schedule to the Newfoundland Act is repealed and the following substituted therefor:
"17. (1) In lieu of section ninety-three of the Constitution Act, 1867, this Term shall apply in respect of the Province of Newfoundland:
(2) In and for the Province of Newfoundland, the Legislature shall have exclusive authority to make laws in relation to education but shall provide for courses in religion that are not specific to a religious denomination.
(3) Religious observances shall be permitted in a school where requested by parents."
2. This Amendment may be cited as the Constitution Amendment, 1998 (Newfoundland Act).
William F. Maton