Canada: Free at Last

The constitution is coming

In the 13 years since Pierre Elliott Trudeau was first elected Prime Minister, he has had one ambition above all others: to give his vast, fragmented land a constitution that would ensure its survival as a unified state. Last week after he made several important compromises, all but one of the eight provincial premiers who have stonewalled Trudeau's plans for 14 months dropped their opposition. After 114 years, declared the ebullient Prime Minister, "Canada will become, in a technical and legal sense, an independent country." Still, Trudeau faced...