How to make the new Canada

Strengthen both provincial and federal powers

Bruce Hutchison February 8 1964
How to make the new Canada

Strengthen both provincial and federal powers

Bruce Hutchison February 8 1964

Strengthen both provincial and federal powers

Bruce Hutchison

Editor, Victoria Daily Times

and Vancouver Sun

THERE Is NO NEED for any basic change in the Canadian constitution, one of the oldest and most successful in the democratic world, except in one respect: the power to amend it, in provincial as well as federal jurisdiction, must be moved from Britain to Canada. Then, if some peripheral changes seem to be required we can manage them quite handily at home. While the provinces may need a clearer definition of their powers, as often confused by a remote Privy C ouncil in London, the real danger of constitutional reform, I think, is the erosion of federal power in essentially national business that no province, and no quarreling congeries of

Balkanized semi-states, can possibly manage. If. as the cliché goes, the nation is larger than the sum of its parts — if. indeed, it is a nation at all —it must strengthen federal and provincial power simultaneously by firmer policies in both areas, but not in conflict. This strength is not repressed by the constitution hut solely by the failures of the eleven governments and the people who elect them.