Canada: A Symbol of Sovereignty

After 115 years, Ottawa gets its own constitution

With Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau at her side and 30,000 rain-soaked Canadians looking on, Queen Elizabeth II stood on a huge wooden platform outside the massive limestone buildings atop Ottawa's Parliament Hill. Though the Queen had visited Canada ten times before, this trip was unlike any other. She had left her country as it stood on the-brink of war in the South Atlantic. And her purpose was to preside over a ceremony in which Britain relinquished an arcane but important vestige of its control over the onetime colony. As the Queen...

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