The Oxford Handbook of the Canadian Constitution

ISBN : 9780190664817

Patrick Macklem; Peter Oliver
1152 Pages
178 x 254 mm
Pub date
Oct 2017
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The Oxford Handbook of the Canadian Constitution provides an ideal first stop for Canadians and non-Canadians seeking a clear, concise, and authoritative account of Canadian constitutional law. The Handbook is divided into six parts: Constitutional History, Institutions and Constitutional Change, Aboriginal Peoples and the Canadian Constitution, Federalism, Rights and Freedoms, and Constitutional Theory. Readers of this Handbook will discover some of the distinctive features of the Canadian constitution: for example, the importance of Indigenous peoples and legal systems, the long-standing presence of a French-speaking population, French civil law and Quebec, the British constitutional heritage, the choice of federalism, as well as the newer features, most notably the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Section Thirty-Five regarding Aboriginal rights and treaties, and the procedures for constitutional amendment. The Handbook provides a remarkable resource for comparativists at a time when the Canadian constitution is a frequent topic of constitutional commentary. The Handbook offers a vital account of constitutional challenges and opportunities at the time of the 150th anniversary of Confederation.


1. Introduction by the Editors, Peter Oliver, Patrick Macklem & Nathalie Des Rosiers
Part I -- Constitutional History
Aboriginal Legal Systems and Governance
2. Indigenous Constitutionalism: Pre-existing Legal Genealogies in Canada
John Borrows
French-Canadians and the Constitution
3. Constitutional Debates in French Canada, 1764-1774
Michel Morin
1867: Confederation
4. 1867: Confederation
Robert Vipond
The British Constitutional Tradition
5. The British Legal Tradition in Canadian Constitutional Law
Mark Walters
Part II - Institutions and Constitutional Change
The Crown and the Executive
6. The Crown in Canada
Jennifer Smith & Marcella Firmini
7. The Executive, the Royal Prerogative and the Constitution
Craig Forcese
The Parliamentary System
8. Political Institutions in Canada in a New Era
Lori Turnbull
9. Parliamentary Sovereignty in Canada
John Lovell
The Courts
10. The Supreme Court of Canada and Appointment of Judges in Canada
Adam Dodek & Rosemary Cairns Way
11. Courts, Administrative Agencies and the Constitution
Lorne Sossin
Constitutional Amendment
12. Amending the Constitution of Canada
Benoit Pelletier
Part III - Aboriginal Peoples and the Canadian Constitution
Aboriginal Sovereignty
13. Contending Sovereignties
Jeremy Weber
14. Treaties as Constitutional Agreements
Sebastien Grammond
Aboriginal Peoples and the Constitution Act, 1982
15. The Form and Substance of Aboriginal Title: Assimilation, Recognition, Reconciliation
Patrick Macklem
16. The Section 35 Duty to Consult
Dwight Newman
17. Metis Constitutional Law Issues
Larry Chartrand
Part IV - Federalism
Federalism in Canada
18. From Dualism to Cooperative Federalism and Back?: Evolving and Competing Conceptions of Canadian Federalism
Jean-Francois Gaudreault-Desbiens & Johanne Poirier
19. Key Doctrines in Canadian Legal Federalism
Eugenie Brouillet & Bruce Ryder
20. The Spending Power in Canada
Hoi Kong
Federalism in Context
21. Federalism and Health Care in Canada: A Troubled Romance
Colleen Flood, William Lahey & Bryan Thomas
22. Criminal Law in the Federal Context
Mark Carter
23. The Environment and Federalism (in Context)
Dayna Scott
24. Constitutional Aspects of Commercial Law
Anita Anand
25. The Exploitation of Natural Resources in the Federation
Luanne Walton
26. Minority Languages, Education and the Constitution
Linda Cardinal & Pierre Foucher
27. Marriage, Family and Federal Concerns
Robert Leckey and Carol Rogerson
28. International Treaty-Making and Treaty Implementation
Hugo Cyr & Armand de Mestral
Part V -- Rights and Freedoms
Litigating and Interpreting the Charter
29. Interpreting the Charter
Joanna Harrington
30. Access to Charter Justice
Carissima Mathen
31. The Justification of Rights Violations: Section 1 of the Charter
Charles-Maxime Panaccio
32. Charter Remedies
Kent Roach
33. The Notwithstanding Clause: Why Non-Use does not Necessarily Equate with Abiding by Judicial Norms
Janet Hiebert
Rights and Freedoms under the Charter
34. Democratic Rights
Yasmin Dawood
35. The Right to Protest, Freedom of Expression, and Freedom of Association
Jamie Cameron & Nathalie Des Rosiers
36. Freedom of Religion
Benjamin Berger
37. The Right to Life, Liberty and Security of the Person
Margot Young
38. The Charter and the Criminal Law
Don Stuart
39. Equality and Anti-discrimination: The relationship between government goals and finding discrimination in section 15
Sonia Lawrence
40. Social and Economic Rights in Canada
Martha Jackman & Bruce Porter
Part VI - Constitutional Theory
Constitutional Interpretation
41. Constitutional Interpretation: On Issues of Ontology and of Interlegality
Stephane Beaulac
42. The Living Tree
Will Walachow
Constitutional Pluralism
43. Canadian Constitutional Culture: A Genealogical Account
David Schneiderman
Key Debates in Constitutional Theory
44. The Role of Theory in Canadian Constitutional Law
Timothy Endicott & Peter Oliver
45. Feminist Constitutionalism in Canada
Beverley Baines & Ruth Rubio-Marin
46. The Politics of Constitutional Law: A Critical Approach
Allan Hutchinson
The Role of Constitutional Principles in Canadian Constitutional Law
47. Constitutional Principles in the Secession Reference
Jean Leclair
48. The Rule of Law, the Separation of Powers and Judicial Independence in Canada
Warren Newman
Dialogue Theory and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
49. Understanding Dialogue Theory
Ravi Amarnath & Peter Hogg
The Canadian Constitution in a Comparative Law Perspective
50. The Canadian Constitution and the World
Sujit Choudhry
Table of Cases

About the author: 

Peter Oliver is Full Professor and Vice Dean Research in the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa.; Patrick Macklem is the William C. Graham Professor of Law at the University of Toronto, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.; Nathalie Des Rosiers is Full Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

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