Books and Articles

Constitutional Law of Canada, 9th Ed.
(vol. I – Federalism and Aboriginal Peoples) was released September 2007. A sample chapter is available on this website.

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  Professor Magnet is the author of eighteen books.

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Research Resources

Need help finding an answer? This website provides a comprehensive list of the best legal collections online.

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Constitutional Law

Find general information on Canadian constitutional law and specific information on courses taught by Professor Joseph E. Magnet at the University of Ottawa.

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Professor Joseph E. Magnet

This website was conceived by Professor Joseph E. Magnet, a professor of law at the University of Ottawa.

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Proposals for Constitutional Change

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A. Constitutional proposals

This site contains information about and links to various proposals to amend the Constitution, as well as links to committee reports about constitutional amendment proposals.

B. The Victoria Charter (1971)

This site contains the text of the Victoria Charter, which was a failed attempt to amend the Constitution (including proposals to entrench a bill of rights, to safeguard linguistic and cultural rights, to patriate the Constitution and to create a constitu ...

C. The Meech Lake Accord (1987)

This site contains the text of the Meech Lake Accord, another failed attempt at constitutional amendments (including recognizing Quebec as a distinct society within Canada, and granting the provinces more power).

D. The Charlottetown Accord (1992)

This site contains the Consensus Report on the Constitution outlining a series of proposed amendments to the Constitution. The Charlottetown Accord was defeated after failing a public referendum in 1992.

E. The Calgary Framework (1997)

This site contains the full text of the Calgary Framework: a 7-point declaration agreed to by 9 Premiers (excluding Quebec’s) for further discussions on the Constitution.