Constitution Act of Canada

(1867)

Impact

The Constitution Act of 1867 was the final step in a century-long process of unifying Britain's remaining North American colonies into an autonomous, self-governing nation. Over the course of the next century, numerous acts titled British North America Act, each with a date appended, continued the process of settling Canada's relationship with Great Britain and of amending the original act. Interestingly, the delegates to the various conferences that forged the Constitution Act wrestled with the question of what to call Canada. They readily agreed on “Canada,” but they...

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