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Constitutional AmendmentFormal Constitutional AmendmentJudicial InterpretationAdaptation (eg. federal spending power)Before 1982Search for amending formulaIssues surrounding 19821982 Amending FormulaPost 1982Amendment by British Parliament at request of Canada1940: constitutional amendment making Unemployment Insurance exclusively federal – unanimous provincial consent1951 – Pensions – unanimous consent (provincial paramountcy). Again in 19641960 – judges retire at 75 – unanimous consent.1965 – Senators at 75 – Parliament alone.Began with 1926 Balfour Declaration – Dominions autonomous communities within the Empire – equal footing in external and internal affairs – associated freely in the British Commonwealth of Nations1927 – federal provincial conference re: amending formula – no provincial agreementRecognized Dominions (Canada, Australia, New Zeland) as autonomous communities

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