Presentation to the “Constitution at 150 Conference”


I’m pleased to report that I will present a paper at the upcoming “Constitution at 150 Conference” in Montreal, Quebec, on the morning of May 16th.

The conference runs from 16 to 18 May. I’d encourage those of you who are in a position to attend it to register for it; if you read this blog, then, chances are, you’d find this conference interesting. The conference features an impressive line up, including, but not limited to, Professors Adam Dodek and Peter Oliver of the University of Ottawa, Jonathan Shanks of the Department of Justice, David E. Smith (Professor emeritus of Political Science of the University of Saskatchewan), and Clerk of the Senate Charles Robert.

My paper, “Canada’s Legal-Constitutional Continuity, 1791-1867” demonstrates how the Dominion of Canada is the continuator, or successor polity, to the Province of Canada (1841-1867), which is, in turn, the continuator of Upper Canada and Lower Canada (1791-1841). In a way, I suppose that it could be construed as contradicting the premise of the conference’s name because constitutional government in British North America pre-dates the British North America Act, 1867 itself.

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