The National Assembly of Québec,
mindful of the right of the people of Québec to self-determination,declares that it cannot accept the plan to patriate the Constitution unless it meets the following conditions:
1. It must be recognized that the two founding peoples of Canada are fundamentally equal and that Québec, by virtue of its language, culture and institutions, forms a distinct society within the Canadian federal system and has all the attributes of a distinct national community;
2. The constitutional amending formula
(b) be in keeping with the Constitutional Accord signed by Québec on April 16, 1981 whereby Québec would not be subject to any amendment which would diminish its powers or rights, and would be entitled, where necessary, to reasonable and obligatory compensation;
(a) democratic rights;4. Effect must be given to the provisions already prescribed in the federal proposal in respect of the right of the provinces to equalization and to better control over their natural resources.
TRUE COPY OF THE RESOLUTION PASSED BY THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY OF QUEBEC ON 1 DECEMBER 1981.
Signed in Québec
City on the
James Ross HURLEY, Amending Canada’s Constitution, Ottawa, Supply and Services,