Sunday, May 29, 2011

Amending The Constitution: A Primer

Since amending the constitution is likely to be a topic of interest over the next few years, I thought I'd put together a list of relevant information on the subject. This post will be updated as required.

Wiki's overview of the constitutional history of Canada.
Canada's constitution has been successfully amended 10 times since 1982. There has been 2 failed attempts to amend the constitution since 1982; the Meech Lake Accord and the Charlottetown Accord.

A May 26th, 2011 Harris Decima polls shows the majority of Canadians are open to amending the constitution.
For instance, 61 per cent said they're prepared to re-open the Constitution to reform or abolish the appointed Senate.
And 58 per cent said they're willing to offer constitutional amendments in a bid to finally secure Quebec's signature on the Constitution.
Fifty-eight per cent also said they're willing to open up the Constitution to change the country's electoral system.


  1. I would like to see any regional breakdowns of that polling because I do not believe 61% of Atlantic Canadians are prepared to re-open the Constitution in order to reform or abolish the Senate. And in PEI the number would even be lower than in NB and NS.

  2. I'll keep an eye out for it and update the post when the full poll is released.