V.E. Day official parade en route to Parliament Hill, 8 May 1945. (Dept. of National Defence, National Archives of Canada, PA-134350)

Did you know that, until recently, Canadian legislation had to be approved by the British Parliament before it became law in Canada? Pierre Trudeau, among others, felt that this needed to change.

Trudeau bargained with the provincial premiers to create a Canadian constitution, and in 1980, the deal was made - almost. Québec refused to sign the agreement as it was written. Since then, attempts have been made to bring Québec into the constitutional fold, but the many interests of Canada's regions, cultural groups, and political factions have prevented a national consensus on how to realize this dream.