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One of the most defining moments in Canadian history was the patriation of our Constitution. Despite being considered a sovereign nation, Canada's constitution was still known as the British North America Act, coincidently found in Britain. The official patriation occurred on Parliament Hill during the 17th of April,1982, when Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau signed the new agreement. What made this event so defining, was the fact that it was considered Canada's last step to sovereignty. Additionally, the signing of the Constitution reaffirmed the principles of our original Constitution. Finally, the most significant part of this patriation was the entrenchment of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. With the official patriation of the Constitution, Canada was moving towards great change. Firstly, the patriation of the Constitution was Canada's final movement for sovereignty. Throughout the 20th century Canada slowly started cutting its chains from Britain. The strive for sovereignty began with signing the Treaty of Versailles and ended with the patriation of the BNA. The British North America Act was the name of our original constitution, signed during 1867, by Prime Minister Sir John A. Macdonald. The initial problem with the BNA, was that it was composed of a set of British laws which could only be changed through the acts of the British parliament. By bringing the constitution home, Canada would have full control over its constitutional laws. This patriation complemented in helping Canada gain full political independence, because now laws in the United Kingdom could not extend over to Canada, neither could the Statute of Westminster be of any application. After a near century of striving for ... ... middle of paper ... ...Constitution was undoubtedly the greatest defining moment in Canadian history. It helped complete the dreams of full sovereignty by getting rid of the BNA act. Additionally, the patriation of the Constitution reaffirmed the same principles that the government is based around today. Most importantly, this defining moment introduced our Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms,, which gave us our fundamental rights in this country which could not be misused by the government. Trudeau once said, "I believe a constitution can permit the co-existence of several cultures and ethnic groups with a single state." and the visions of Pierre Trudeau came true, as seen in today's Canadian society. There could be no other defining moment which could compare to the patriation of the Canadian Constitution, all because the results have culminated to our present.
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