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August 30, 2013
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Prince Edward Island submits Senate arguments to Supreme Court of Canada
Environment, Labour and Justice
On behalf of the Province of Prince Edward Island, Attorney General Janice Sherry submitted a series of arguments to the Supreme Court of Canada today relative to the Federal Government's reference on the Senate.
In particular, Prince Edward Island is arguing that changes to the Constitution require consultation and agreement with the provinces.
In the absence of consultation and agreement, the role of provinces like Prince Edward Island to influence and approve constitutional change will be severely diminished.
An advocate for Senate reform, Prince Edward Island's longstanding position is known as Triple-E: which stands for elected, effective and equal. Such changes would require full consultation and agreement from the provinces.
A summary of Prince Edward Island's position relative to the six questions posed by the Federal Government to the Supreme Court of Canada is available here Summary.
The full factum is available at www.scc-csc.gc.ca/case-dossier/info/fac-mem-eng.aspx?cas=35203