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Before 1982 Canadas constitution was the British North America Act Any changes to this constitution required the approval of the British government For years Canadian governments had considered patriating the constitution but no agreement could be reached pertaining to the changes In 1981 Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau decided it was time to act upon the ideas of his predecessors thus work started on the creation of a new Canadian constitution Less than a month after the Quebec referendum Trudeau organized a conference with the provincial premiers however the premiers could not agree on a od of revising the constitution With this problem impeding his progress Trudeau announced to the Canadian public his governments intention to unilaterally work on patriating the constitution In early November 1981 Trudeau made a final effort to involve the provincial premiers in the patriation process At the last moment an agreement between the provincial and federal governments save for Quebec was successfully employed On December 2 1981 the federal Parliament voted in favour of the patriation package This event seemed to reflect Canadas blossoming self-identity A Canadian delegation went to London England to seek approval of the patriation package from the British Parliament The delegation was granted its request on March 8 1982 thus Canadas status as a fully independent nation was recognized This event was one of the most significant defining moments in Canadian history because it gave Canada complete autonomy from Britain by allowing Canada to amend and manage its own constitution
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