M983.227.81 | Pierre Trudeau Repatriating the Constitution
Pierre Trudeau Repatriating the Constitution
Aislin (alias Terry Mosher)
1982, 20th century
Felt pen and ink on paper
30.3 x 35.7 cm
Gift of Mr. Terry Mosher
© McCord Museum
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Keys to History
This drawing shows Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau patriating the Constitution from London using the "Canadarm," a recent technological innovation that was Canada's contribution to the U.S. space shuttle.
The negotiations over the patriation of the Canadian Constitution received extensive media coverage in the fall of 1981. They resulted in an agreement between the federal government and all the provinces except Québec, which refused to sign.
The Constitution, a British law, was brought to Canada from London. It was signed at a ceremony attended by Queen Elizabeth II in front of the House of Commons in Ottawa.
The agreement between the provinces was reached in the fall of 1981, and the Constitution was signed on May 17, 1982.
Liberal Party leader Pierre Elliott Trudeau was prime minister of Canada from 1968 to 1979, and from 1980 to 1984.