The Constitution
The Constitution
The British North America Act (a constitutional law) was adopted in 1867, but the British Parliament in London wanted to retain a certain amount of power over the Dominion of Canada. In 1931, the Statute of Westminster granted the country much more independence, however, the Canadian Constitution remained in London, still under the control of the British Parliament. In fact, it was only in 1982 that the Constitution was brought back to Canada, after extensive negotiation among the provinces. This patriation did not come about without incident. This section includes two examples of Canada's constitutional disputes: the Patriation of the Constitution and the Meech Lake Accord.