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A Life in the Law - The Constitution and Much More
Memoirs of a Federal Deputy Minister of Justice
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In this book, which is both personal and historical, Roger Tassé relates the journey that brought him from a modest neighbourhood in Montreal to the top echelons of legal power in Ottawa. He begins by describing his youth in Montreal in the 1930s and 1940s, followed by his college and law school years as well as the status of the French language when he arrived in Ottawa. He then takes readers backstage and leads them through the halls of power by explaining his experience in the various positions he occupied within the federal administration. Proponent of many legislative reforms, key player during the patriation of the Canadian Constitution, the adoption of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and during the negotiations surrounding the Meech Lake and Charlottetown Accords, Roger Tassé offers in these memoirs a unique perspective on a period of significant change in Canada. Également offert en français. TABLE OF CONTENTS Author's note Aknowledgments Foreword
  • Chapter 1 – The Early Years
  • Chapter 2 – Law School and the Department of Justice
  • Chapter 3 – A New Apprenticeship: the Office of Bankruptcy
  • Chapter 4 – A New Challenge: the Department of Consumer and Corporate Affairs
  • Chapter 5 – In Context: a Wave of Reform in the Federal Legal World
  • Chapter 6 – An Unexpected Change: the Ministry of the Solicitor General
  • Chapter 7 – My Return to the Department of Justice
  • Chapter 8 – Patriation and the Amending Formula: the Historical Context
  • Chapter 9 – A Fresh Start With Pierre Trudeau
  • Chapter 10 – Election of the Progressive Conservatives Under Joe Clark in Ottawa
  • Chapter 11 – Pierre Trudeau's Return to Power
  • Chapter 12 – Election of the Progressive Conservatives Under Brian Mulroney in Ottawa
  • Chapter 13 – And Life Goes On
  • Chapter 14 – The Meech Lake Accord
  • Chapter 15 – The Citizens' Forum on the Future of Canada
  • Chapter 16 – The Special Joint Committee on a Renewed Canada (the Beaudoin-Dobbie Committee)
  • Chapter 17 – Consultations With Canadians
  • Chapter 18 – The Federal-Provincial Negotiations Leading to The Charlottetown Accord
  • Chapter 19 – The Contents of the Charlottetown Accord
  • Chapter 20 – Canada: Reclaiming the Middle Ground
  • Chapter 21 – My Other Professional Activities
  • Chapter 22 – How Can the Constitutional Impasse Be Resolved?
  • Chapter 23 – What Comes Next: a Quebec Round or a Canada Round?
Parting Thoughts Postscript Index
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