The Law of the Canadian Constitution (Classic Reprint)

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Excerpt from The Law of the Canadian Constitution

In this work, I have endeavored to exhibit, in as com pact a form as the wide scope of the subject permits, the Law of the Canadian Constitution in reference as well to our position as a Colony Of the Empire, as to our self government under the federal scheme of the B. N. A. Act.

NO work upon the first branch of the subject is in existence. The works Of Clark and Merivale upon the Colonies are very antiquated, and since their publication the colonial system Of the British Empire has to a very great extent been recast. In collecting the authorities, therefore, upon this branch of English jurisprudence into one book, I shall, at least, have done something to lighten the labor Of those who have. Occasion to deal with questions relating to our connection with the Mother Country.

Upon the second branch - our internal self-government under the B. N. A. Act - the need of such a book as this has been felt for some time. Mr. Boutre's work was pre pared at a time when judicial leaning was very largely toward minimizing the sphere of provincial autonomy, and the decisions since that date have not only been numerous; but those of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, particularly, have given a very different aspect to the law governing the relations of the provinces to the federal government.

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