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Abstract

The purpose of this Note is to analyze whether the European Union is a viable solution to Canada's disintegrating constitutional order. Part II will discuss the historical background of the present constitutional order of Canada. It will examine the historical, political and social context that brought about changes in Canada's basic laws. In part III, the impact that the Meech Lake Accord would have had on the present constitutional framework in Canada and the events after its failure will be analyzed. Part IV will provide an overview of the historical context of the European Union's creation and the fundamental principles which guided it. Additionally, its institutions and the completion of the internal market by December 31, 1992, will be discussed. An overview of the Maastricht Summit will be provided to explain how its proposals for economic and monetary union as well as political cooperation will change the shape of the existing European Union. Finally, part V will outline possible constitutional structures for Canada and analyze the federal government's recent proposal. This Note concludes that federal institutions guided by fundamental principles governing limited areas of provincial sovereignty, like the European Union's, could form a new, socially legitimate Canadian constitutional order.

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