[21st April 1997]
Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom, Canada and Her other Realms and Territories QUEEN, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith.
By His Excellency the Right Honourable Roméo Leblanc, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada
To All to Whom these Presents shall come,
Whereas section 43 of the Constitution Act, 1982 provides that an amendment to the Constitution of Canada may be made by proclamation issued by the Governor General under the Great Seal of Canada where so authorized by resolutions of the Senate and House of Commons and of the legislative assembly of each province to which the amendment applies;
And whereas section 47 of the Constitution Act, 1982 provides that an amendment to the Constitution of Canada may be made by proclamation under section 43 may be made without a resolution of the Senate authorizing the issue of the proclamation if, within one hundred and eighty days after the adoption by the House of Commons of a resolution authorizing its issue, the Senate has not adopted such a resolution and if, at any time after the expiration of that period, the House of Commons again adopts the resolution;
And whereas the House of Commons adopted a resolution on June 3, 1996, authorizing an amendment to the Constitution of Canada and, the Senate not having adopted such a resolution, the House of Commons again adopted the resolution on December 4, 1996;
And whereas Parliament was neither prorogued nor dissolved between June 3, 1996 and December 4, 1996;
And whereas the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Newfoundland adopted a resolution on October 31, 1995 authorizing an amendment to the Constitution of Canada;
And whereas the Queen's Privy Council for Canada has advised me to issue this proclamation;
Now know You that I do issue this proclamation amending the Constitution of Canada in accordance with the schedule hereto.
In Testimony Whereof I have caused these Letters to be made patent and the Great Seal of Canada to be hereunto affixed.
At Government House, in the City of Ottawa, this twenty-first day of April in the Year of Our Lord One Thousand Nine Hundred and Ninety-seven.
Prime Minister of Canada
Attorney General of Canada
Registrar General of Canada
AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION OF CANADA
1. Term 17 of the Terms of Union of Newfoundland with Canada set out in the Schedule to the Newfoundland Act is repealed and the following substituted therefor:
2. This Amendment may be cited as the Constitution Amendment, 1997 (Newfoundland Act).