The Supreme Court of Canada is pictured in Ottawa on Tuesday Sept. 6, 2022. Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press.
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Canada and the Constitution: A Constitution out of time

Pierre Trudeau’s constitutional reforms went right for the pre-Enlightenment heart, injecting the adrenaline of the American and French revolutions into our sleepy constitutional compromise. For the first time in a Westminster parliamentary system, the principles of government were written down and the abstract notion of universal rights was elevated above the sovereignty of parliament.