Canadian Federalism Then and Now

AuthorKathy L. Brock/Geoffrey Hale
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Canadian Federalism Then and Now
In , British North American colonists came together to forge
a new nation that would emerge from, but be loyal to, the Brit-
ish Empire. Unlike the United States with its stirring Declaration
of Independence and Constitution that spoke of the “self-evident”
truths that “all men are created equal” and entitled to rights includ-
ing “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” the Canadian dec-
laration of nationhood was much more subdued to ref‌lect that its
people were engaged in an evolution, not a revolution. e founders
thus began their proclamation of union, the British North America
Act (later renamed the Constitution Act, 1867), with the more prosaic
description of its purpose:
An Act for the Union of Canada, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick,
and the Government thereof; and for Purposes connected therewith
Whereas the Provinces of Canada, Nova Scotia, and New
Brunswick have expressed their Desire to be federally united into
One Dominion under the Crown of the United Kingdom of Great
Britain and Ireland, with a Constitution similar in Principle to
that of the United Kingdom:

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