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By Ron Graham | Comments: ( 815 ) | Date: ( May 31, 2020 )

Between the morning of Wednesday, November 4, and the morning of Thursday, November 5, 1981, a fateful drama unfolded that changed Canada forever.In one last attempt to renew the constitution with the consent of the provinces, Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau met behind closed doors in Ottawa with the ten premiers It was the culmination of than five decades of cBetween the morning of Wednesday, November 4, and the morning of Thursday, November 5, 1981, a fateful drama unfolded that changed Canada forever.In one last attempt to renew the constitution with the consent of the provinces, Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau met behind closed doors in Ottawa with the ten premiers It was the culmination of than five decades of constitutional wrangling, and has been called the most important conference since the Fathers of Confederation got together in Quebec City in 1864 Faced with the threat of Quebec independence, the ambitions of Western Canada, and the provinces demands for power, Trudeau was embattled But he was fiercely determined to make Canadians fully independent and to entrench a Charter of Rights and Freedoms.What happened that day still reverberates It severed the last important link to Canada s colonial past It guaranteed individual liberty and minority rights in the future It weakened the grip of the elites and gave ownership of the constitution to Canadians But it came at a price.Quebec alone refused to sign the final deal Ren L vesque, its separatist premier, claimed he had been betrayed by his allies in the Gang of Eight The legend of the Night of the Long Knives took hold, precipitating a series of events that came close to destroying the country.Thirty years later, author Ron Graham delivers a gripping account of the fractious debates and secret negotiations He uses newly uncovered documents and the candid recollections of many of the key participants to create a vivid record of that momentous twenty four hours Authoritative and engaging, The Last Act is a remarkable combination of scholarly research and historical narrative.


  • Title: The Last Act: Pierre Trudeau, the Gang of Eight, and the Fight for Canada: The History of Canada
  • Author: Ron Graham
  • ISBN: 9780670066629
  • Page: 390
  • Format: Hardcover

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Comments The Last Act: Pierre Trudeau, the Gang of Eight, and the Fight for Canada: The History of Canada

  • Adrian

    The inside story of Canada's constitutional conference of early November 1981. It begins with a good synopsis of how the country arrived at this impasse from several perspectives. The progress of the three day conference is often a little difficult to follow as Graham casts back to show how provincial players got to their positions. Scenes of infighting and horse trading are fascinating. Graham believes that 1) the gang of eight was broken when Levesque agreed to Trudeau's idea of a referendum 2 [...]


  • Aaron Brown

    from my blog canadianbookreview.wordpressThe Last Act by Ron Graham is from Penguin’s new History of Canada series. When I first saw this series in the bookstore, with titles exploring the legendary 1891 federal election, the now mythic Plains of Abraham battle, Expo 67, and the German U-boat battles in the St. Lawrence, I almost had a stroke induced by excitement. A quality series of books, by very reputable writers, digging into events that are known at at least in a general way by the Canad [...]


  • Daniel Kukwa

    A lovely book, examining the era that made me (1) fall in love with politics, and (2) fall in love with the greatness of Pierre Trudeaue last Canadian leader who understood what it is to have a vision for a nation. A grand dream of history and unity, not simply a desire to tend the store and wallow in emotion-shredding, ideology-fixed mundane politics. The Charter is an amazing document, the result of an amazing series of eventsd this book distills the time of patriation with considerable, conci [...]


  • TheIron Paw

    A fascinating and well written account of the patriation of Canada's constitution in 1981. Graham describes the negotiations from the perspectives of the various participants (Trudeau, Levesque, Lougheed, Davis et al.). Graham illuminates the various philosophies or views of what confederation means and describes the dialectical relationship between "power of the people" versus "power of the government". My only problem with the book was Graham's tendency to jump back and forth in time frames.


  • Augusto Barros

    Very interesting book about the events that end up on the patriation of Canada's Constitution and the creation of the Bill of Rights. I'm on my way to submit my citizenship papers and reading this book only made more eager to get it. After spending 3 decades watching the circus of the Brazilian politics, it was amazing to read about the actions of real public men, such as Trudeau, Levesque and Lougheed. I'm adding Trudeau's biography to my "to read" list too.


  • Fromehtoz

    This is a great resource on the patriation of the constitution. Graham's narrative is informative and lively. A great edition to anyone's political and/or historical library. The author's narrative is consistently fair, never laying blame for the breakdown of the talks and the refusal of Quebec to sign the agreement at one person's feet, which is refreshing in an accessible constitutional narrative.


  • Raimo Wirkkala

    Interesting and entertaining account of this important event in Canadian history. As someone old enough to remember the televised portions of the process, this was also an exercise in nostalgia. The background info on the premiers of the day was also quite interesting.


  • VaughanPL

    Click here to find it in the catalogue


  • Michael Haack

    Who knew the repatriation of Canada's constitution could be a thrilling, page-turning adventure?!


  • Orie Niedzviecki

    Makes Canada's history - decided mostly in boardrooms - rather interesting.


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