As an ongoing celebration of Canada’s 150th Birthday, the Library and Archives of Canada is sharing historic moments. http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/onthisday
April 17, 1982
Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau sign the Proclamation of the Constitution Act in a ceremony on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. Canada gains full political independence from the United Kingdom with the new constitution. It is accompanied by the new Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which guarantees the fundamental rights and freedoms of all Canadians.
To learn more:
Library and Archives Canada
Department of Justice Canada
- Participate in and celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
Parliament of Canada
- Learn about how democracy works and the details of the Constitution Act, 1982
- See a copy of the Charter
Photo of Queen Elizabeth II signing the Proclamation of the Constitution Act (1982). (Left to right:) Mr. Gerald Regan, Minister of Labour; Rt. Hon. Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Prime Minister; H.M. the Queen; Mr. Michael Pitfield, Clerk of the Privy Council; Mr. Michael Kirby. Ottawa, April 17, 1982.