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Trudeau, Thatcher and the Fight for Canada’s Constitution – and lessons for Scotland.
Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 12:30 to 14:00
University of Edinburgh
Room G.04, David Hume Tower, George Square
Centre on Constitutional Change & Territorial Politics Research Group
After the Quebec referendum in 1980, Pierre Elliott Trudeau turned his sights on repatriating the Canadian Constitution from Britain. What should have been a simple process snowballed into a complicated intrigue. Quebec mounted a charm offensive to influence key British MPs. Canada's native leaders, who felt betrayed by the Crown, entered the fray to secure their own interests. The British Labour Party had a view, which chiefly involved embarrassing Prime Minister Thatcher.
In his new book The Battle of London: Trudeau, Thatcher and the Fight for Canada’s Constitution, historian Frédéric Bastien describes with flair how the maverick Trudeau and the uncompromising Thatcher entered into one of history's most unlikely marriages of convenience in order to repatriate the Canadian Constitution. As the United Kingdom contemplates constitutional changes following the referendum in Scotland, he looks at the lesson for Scotland.
All are welcome. A sandwich lunch will be provided.