First Reading, November 29, 1995.
1st Session, 35th Parliament,
42-43-44 Elizabeth II, 1994-95
THE HOUSE OF COMMONS OF CANADA
An Act respecting constitutional amendments
Her Majesty, by and with the consent and of the Senate and House of Commons of Canada, enacts as follows:
1. (1) No Minister of the Crown shall propose a motion for a resolution to authorize an amendment to the Constitution of Canada, other than an amendment in respect of which the legislative assembly of a province may exercise a veto under section 41 or 43 of the Constitution Act, 1982 or may express its dissent under subsection 38(3) of that Act, unless the amendment has first been consented to by a majority of the provinces that includes
(c) two or more of the Atlantic provinces that have, according to the then latest general census, combined populations of at least fifty per cent of the population of all the Atlantic provinces; and
(d) two or more of the Western provinces that have, according to the then latest general census, combined populations of at least fifty per cent of the population of all the Western provinces.
(2) In this section,
"Atlantic provinces" means the provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland;
"Western provinces" means the provinces of Manitoba, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Alberta.
William F. Maton