Canada at 150: Building a Free and Democratic Society

This one-of-a-kind celebratory publication is a collection of more than 50 essays and historical images, on Canada's constitutional past and present. Contributors including: Hon. Roy McMurtry, Joseph Arvay, Julius Grey, Brian Greenspan, The Michaels (Michael Stark and Michael Leshner), David Milgaard, The Rt. Hon. Jean Chrétien, The Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper, The Hon. Andromache Karakatsanis, The Hon. Michel Bastarache , The Hon. Thomas Cromwell, The Hon. David Stratasand Dr. Cindy Blackstock.
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It's the 150th anniversary of Canada's Confederation and we're marking this historic event with the release of a one-of-a-kind publication, Canada at 150: Building a Free and Democratic Society. This pictorial celebration commemorates 150 years of Canada's legal and constitutional democracy as well as the 35th anniversary of the Constitution Act, 1982 and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Featuring a collection of more than 50 curated essays on major political and historical developments in Canadian constitutional history written by key commentators and figures combined with lavish images of iconographic Canadian historical and contemporary individuals and landmarks, this book offers an insightful, balanced look at Canada's constitutional past and present, highlighting our achievements while acknowledging persistent injustices.

Compelling content with stunning visuals
Canada at 150: Building a Free and Democratic Society provides a unique review of Canadian legal and political history told through personal reflections from a wide variety of influential Canadians and illustrated with visual representations of the country's history and values.

Structured around Canada's key constitutional principles – the rule of law, federalism, democracy, respect for minorities, and the honour of the Crown in dealing with Indigenous people – this commemorative keepsake features:

  • Insightful essays and fascinating quotes from key participants in the development of the Constitution Act, 1982, including lawyers and judges with deep constitutional litigation experience and private individuals who have fought and won their own battles for rights and freedoms
  • Contributions from:
    • Former Prime Ministers of Canada: Stephen Harper, Brian Mulroney, Paul Martin, Kim Campbell, Jean Chrétien, John Turner and Joe Clark
    • Significant political leaders: Ed Broadbent, Jean Charest and Bob Rae
    • Former Supreme Court Justices: The Honourable Michel Bastarache and The Honourable Thomas Cromwell
    • Madam Justice Andromache Karakatsanis
    • Constitutional law experts, including academics and experienced litigators including Brian Greenspan, Joseph Arvay, and Dean Strang ("Making A Murderer")
    • Political commentators: Steve Paikin and Hugh Segal
    • Historians, persons exonerated after wrongful convictions and many more

A keepsake worth sharing
This beautiful volume will be an excellent addition to the bookshelves, reception coffee tables and libraries of law firms, individual lawyers and judges, constitutional experts and public libraries. It will also be the perfect gift or keepsake to mark this historic occasion.

Contributors:

FOREWORD

  • Hon. Andromache Karakatsanis, Supreme Court of Canada

CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCTION TO CANADA AT 150: BUILDING A FREE AND DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY

  • Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper, former Prime Minister of Canada (2006-2015)
  • Hon. Hugh Segal, former Senator, Master of Massey College
  • Rt. Hon. Brian Mulroney, former Prime Minister of Canada (1984-1993)
  • Hon. Jean Charest, former Premier of Quebec
  • Mr. Ian Wilson, former Chief Archivist of Canada

CHAPTER 2: CONSTITUTIONALISM

  • Hon. Robert Sharpe, Ontario Court of Appeal
  • Hon. David Stratas, Federal Court of Appeal
  • Mr. Julius Grey, Grey, Casgrain
  • Professor Richard Haigh, Osgoode Hall Law School
  • Mr. Geoffrey Beasley, former Crown, Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General
  • Mr. Gerald Chan, Stockwoods LLP
  • Mr. Andrew Faith, Polley Faith LLP
  • Mr. Jean-Pierre Kingsley, former Chief Electoral Officer of Canada

CHAPTER 3: THE RULE OF LAW

  • Mr. Alan D. Gold, Alan D. Gold Professional Corporation
  • Professor Kerri Froc, University of New Brunswick Faculty of Law
  • Mr. Joseph Arvay, O.C., Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP
  • M. Guy Pratte, Ms. Nadia Effendi and Ms. Ivana Nenadic, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
  • Hon. Richard Schneider, Ontario Court of Justice and Chair, Ontario Review Board
  • Mr. Nader Hasan, Stockwoods LLP
  • Mr. Paul Burstein, Burstein Bryant Barristers
  • Hon. Thomas Cromwell, former Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada
  • Ms. Megan Savard, Addario Law Group LLP
  • Mr. Brian Greenspan, Greenspan Humphrey Weinstein
  • Hon. Shaun Nakatsuru, Ontario Superior Court of Justice
  • Mr. Mark Sandler, Cooper, Sandler, Shime & Bergman LLP

CHAPTER 4: FEDERALISM AND PATRIATION

  • M. Guy Régimbald, Gowlings WLG
  • Dr. Thomas Harrison, Queen's University
  • Hon. Roy McMurtry, former Attorney General and Chief Justice of Ontario; Hull & Hull LLP
  • Hon. Michael Kirby, former Senator
  • Hon. Ed Broadbent, former leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada
  • Rt. Hon. Jean Chrétien, former Prime Minister of Canada (1993-2003)
  • Mr. Steve Paikin, host of "The Agenda", TVOntario
  • Mr. Raj Anand, WeirFoulds LLP
  • Hon. Michel Bastarache, former Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada

CHAPTER 5: DEMOCRACY

  • Mr. Dean A. Strang, Strang Bradley LLC and "Making a Murderer"
  • Mr. Duff Conacher, founder of Democracy Watch
  • Mr. Christopher Bredt, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
  • Mr. Paul Schabas, Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP, Treasurer of the Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Mr. Brian Macleod Rogers, BMR Law

CHAPTER 6: RESPECT FOR MINORITY RIGHTS

  • Dr. Howard Kislowicz, University of Calgary Faculty of Law
  • Mr. Ranjan Agarwal, Bennett Jones LLP
  • Professor Martha Jackman, University of Ottawa Faculty of Law
  • Hon. Bob Rae, former Premier of Ontario (1990-1995) and Interim Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada (2011-2013); Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP
  • R. Douglas Elliott, Cambridge LLP
  • Professor Cheryl Milne, University of Toronto Faculty of Law
  • Ms. Joanna Birenbaum, Ursel Phillips Fellows Hopkinson LLP
  • Ms. Sandra Nishikawa, Crown Law Office Civil, Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General

CHAPTER 7: INDIGENOUS CANADIANS AND THE HONOUR OF THE CROWN

  • Hon. Harry LaForme, Ontario Court of Appeal
  • Mr. Jack Woodward, Barrister and Solicitor
  • Ms. Jacynthe Ledoux, Osgoode Hall Law School
  • Hon. Michael Bryant, former Attorney General of Ontario
  • Mr. Robert Janes, JFK Law
  • Dr. Cindy Blackstock, First Nations Child and Family Caring Society

CHAPTER 8: LOOKING AHEAD

  • Professor Errol Mendes, University of Ottawa Faculty of Law
  • Rt. Hon. John Turner, former Prime Minister of Canada (1984)

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Table of contents

Foreword by Madam Justice Andromache Karakatsanis, Supreme Court of Canada
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Constitutionalism
Chapter 3: The Rule of Law
Chapter 4: Federalism and Patriation
Chapter 5: Democracy
Chapter 6: Respect for Minority Rights
Chapter 7: Indigenous Canadians and the Honour of the Crown
Chapter 8: Looking Ahead