The Battle of London

The Battle of London

Trudeau, Thatcher, and the Fight for Canada's Constitution

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A bestseller in Quebec that describes the horse-trading, intrigue and unrest behind Trudeau's quest to repatriate the Constitution.

After the referendum in 1980, Pierre Elliott Trudeau turned his sights on repatriating the Constitution in an effort to make Canada fully independent from Britain. What should have been a simple process snowballed into a complicated intrigue.

Quebec, which thought its prerogatives would be threatened if the Constitution were repatriated, mounted a charm offensive, replete with fine dining and expensive wines in order to influence key British MPs. Not to be outdone, Canada's native leaders, who felt betrayed by the British Crown, decided to enter the fray, determined to ensure that their cause would triumph. The English Labour Party had a view on the matter as well, which chiefly involved embarrassing Prime Minister Thatcher as thoroughly as possible.

Historian Frédéric Bastien describes with great 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.

Publisher: Toronto : Dundurn Press, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781459723290
Branch Call Number: 342.71029 Bas
Characteristics: 408 pages : illustrations
Additional Contributors: Homel, Jacob 1987-- Translator


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Nov 29, 2014

We teach our kids that Canada became a country in 1867. Nonsense. In that year Canada became a Dominion, the highest level a country could reach under The British Colonial Structure. We had no control over resources, no Supreme Court, no Flag and most importantly no written constitution. This book is important because it documents why it took Canada another 115 years to get its own constitution. What this book provides that others on this topic do not is insight how this matter was perceived by British Senior Officials, Parliamentarians and even Royalty. I give this book 4stars.

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