This series consists of government publications, position papers, conference proceedings, submissions, addresses, and other materials on a variety of topics, filed in subject order by Mel Smith.
Note that this is not a complete list. Additional government publications, briefing binders, as well as books - sorted primarily in alphabetical order by title - are also available for for use on site. Contact the archivist for more information
01 British Columbia’s Proposals to Federal - Provincial Conferences
Western Premier’s Task Force on Constitutional Trends
01 Report of the Western Premiers’ Task Force on Constitutional Trends, May 1977 (3 copies)
02 Western Premiers’ Task Force on Constitutional Trends: Second Report, April 1978 (3 copies)
03 Western Premiers’ Task Force on Constitutional Trends: Third Report, March 1979 (2 copies)
B.C.’s Submissions at Successive Conferences
01 Opening Statement of the Province of British Columbia to the Constitutional Conference, by the Honourable W.A.C. Bennett, June 1971.
02 Opening Statement of the Province of British Columbia to the Constitutional Conference, by the Honourable W.A.C. Bennett, February 1969.
03 Proposals of the Province of British Columbia on the Constitution of Canada, by W.A.C. Bennett, December 1968
04 Opening Statement of the Province of British Columbia to the Constitutional Conference, by the Honourable W.A.C. Bennett, December 1968
05 Opening Statement of the Honourable W.A.C. Bennett: Premier of British Columbia. The Constitutional Conference, February 1968.
06 Opening Statement of the province of British Columbia to the Constitutional Conference, by the Honourable W.A.C. Bennett, February 1969.
07 Proposals of the Province of British Columbia to the Working Sessions of the Constitutional Conference and Federal - Provincial Conference, by the Honourable W.A.C. Bennett, September 1970.
08 Budget Speech, by W.A.C. Bennett, February 1971.
09 Federal - Provincial Conference of First Ministers: British Columbia’s Proposals on Income Security in Canada, by David Barrett, 1973.
10 Opening Statement of the Province of British Columbia to the to the Federal - Provincial Conference. Federal - Provincial Conference of First Ministers. British Columbia’s Opening Statement, by David Barrett, May 1973.
11 Opening Statement of the Province of British Columbia to the Federal - Provincial Conference of First Ministers, by the Honourable David Barrett, 1975.
12 What is British Columbia’s Position on the Constitution of Canada? by the Honourable W.R. Bennett, November 1976 (3 copies)
13 British Columbia: Natural Resource Management and Provincial Economic Development, by the Honourable W.R. Bennett, August 1977.
14 A Brief Presented to the Task Force on Canadian Unity, by William R. Bennett, February 1978.
15 Developing a Third Option for Canada: An Address of the Honourable William R. Bennett, Premier of British Columbia, to the men’s Canadian Club of Vancouver, May 1978 (2 copies)
16 Speaking notes for a Speech by the Honourable William R. Bennett Premier of British Columbia to the Montreal Board of Trade. Canada: A British Columbia perspective, May 1980 (6 copies)
17 Constitution 1980: A British Columbia Perspective, by the Honourable William R. Bennett, September 1980 (2 copies)
18 British Columbia’s Proposals to Federal - Provincial Conferences (3 copies)
B.C.’s Submissions and Speeches on B.C.’s Place in Confederation
01 Proclamation Regarding the United Canada Month, 1979 (9 copies)
02 Senate Idea would make Federal System more Balanced, by the Montreal Gazette, February 1979.
03 Closing Remarks by the Honourable W.R Bennett at the First Ministers Conference, September 1980.
04 Submission of Premier William R. Bennett on behalf of British Columbia to the Special Joint Committee on the Constitution of Canada, January 1981.
05 A Confederation Debater with the Best: Bill Bennett minds His Shadow, by Peter Calamai, July - August 1978 (22 copies)
06 How will the New Constitution affect us? To a Panel Discussion of the Constitutional and International Law Section, by Melvin H. Smith, September 1981.
07 Notes for a Presentation by the Honourable K. Rafe Mair Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs Chairman, Cabinet Committee on Confederation to the Special Committee of the Senate on the Constitution of Canada, September 1978.
08 “Centripetal Federalism” – The Viable Option for Canada, by Honourable K. Rafe Mair, November 1978.
09 British Columbia: Pacific Region of Canada, by John D. Weston, July 1979.
10 A Reformed Senate as a Vehicle for Federal - Provincial Relations, by Melvin H. Smith, January 1983.
11 Speaking Notes for Address to the Parliamentary Committee on Senate Reform, by Honourable Garde B. Gordom, (October 1983.
12 Opening Statement. The Honourable William N. Vander Zalm premier Province of British Columbia First Ministers’ Conference Vancouver, November 1986.
13 A Fair Deal for British Columbia, 1976 - 1986.
14 Federal-Provincial Continuing Committee of Ministers on the Constitution - Opening Remarks by the Honourable K. Rafe Mair, Chairman of the Cabinet Committee on Confederation, November 1978
15 Regional Perspectives of the Canadian Federation, by Honourable K. Rafe Mair, Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs, October 1977
Reports by B.C. Academic Advisory Group
01 Reports of Advisory Working Group to Cabinet Committee on Confederation, October 1977.
02 Academic Advisory Groups: The Approach to the Problem - A First Report and a Statement of General Principles and Concepts, by the cabinet Committee on Confederation, 1977.
03 A Plan to Develop Comprehensive British Columbia Proposals on the Constitution, by the Cabinet Committee on Confederation, 1978.
Briefing Papers Prepared for B.C.’s Cabinet Committee on Confederation
01 The American Supreme Court Appointment Process: Implications for Canadian Constitutional Reform, by John D. Weston, July 1979 (3 copies)
02 Report of Committee of Ministers on the Constitution, By Garde B. Gardom, 1976.
03 Briefing Book on Constitution for May 6 Meeting with Prime Minister of Canada, by the Honourable W.R. Bennett, 1976.
04 Briefing Book on Constitution for June 14-15 Meeting of First Ministers of Canada, by W.R. Bennett, 1976.
05 A Plan to Develop Comprehensive British Columbia Proposals on the Constitution, by the Honourable W.R. Bennett, et al, 1978.
06 The Amendment of the Constitution of Canada: This is a Draft of a Proposed Version of British Columbia’s Paper concerning the Amendment of the Canadian Constitution, by Melvin H. Smith (3 copies)
07 Reform of the Supreme Court, by Melvin H. Smith, May 1978 (2 copies)
Briefing Papers Prepared for B.C. Cabinet Committee on Confederation
01 The Amendment of the Constitution: This is a Draft of a Proposed Version of British Columbia’s Paper concerning the Amendment of the Canadian Constitution.
02 A Restructured Upper House in Canada, by the Cabinet Committee on Confederation.
03 Fundamental Human Rights and the Constitution - The Pros and Cons, by the Cabinet Committee on Confederation, 1970.
04 Various Amending Formulae, December, 1980.
05 Constitutional Reform: Taking Stock and Looking Ahead: An Issue Paper, by Melvin H. Smith, July 1982.
06 British Columbia’s Constitutional Proposals: Reform of the Canadian Senate, 1986.
Swiss-German Trip by Rafe Mair and Mel Smith, 1978
01 Federal Arrangement in West Germany and Switzerland, 1978.
02 Petroleum Production in Australia: Offshore Resource and Income Taxation, 1991.
03 Draft Constitution, by the Committee of Experts for the Preparation of a Total Revision of the Federal Constitution, 1977.
04 Prices and Earnings around the Globe: A Comparison of Purchasing Power in 41 Cities, by the Union Bank of Switzerland.
05 Landtag Rheinland - Pfalz: 8 Wahlperiode, 1976.
06 Briefing Book for Visit to British Columbia of Dr. Bernhard Vogel, First Vice-President of the German Bundesrat and Premier of the Rhineland Palatinate, by Melvin H. Smith, 1977.
07 Briefing for Trip to West Germany & Switzerland, by Hon. K. Rafe Mair, Mr. Mel Smith & Mr. Tony Stark, January 1978.
08 Anno 709 P.G.: Final Report of the New Helvetic Society Conference Forecasting (Translated from the Abridged German and French Texts), 1974.
09 Articles and Brochures regarding German Political System, 1976 - 1978.
Swiss-German Trip by Rafe Mair and Mel Smith, 1978
01 Wales Bill: Explanatory and Financial Memorandum.
02 Scotland Bill: Explanatory and Financial Memorandum.
03 Our Changing Democracy: Devolution to Scotland and Wales, Presented to
Parliament by the Lord President of the Council, Secretary of State for Scotland and Secretary of State for Wales by Command of Her Majesty, November 1975 (2 copies)
04 Principles of Federal Policy Co-ordination in the Federal Republic of Germany:
Basic Issues and Annotated Legislation, by Bernd P. Spahn, 1978.
05 Television - Radio Broadcasting on the European Continent, by University of Minn. Press, 1967.
06 The Everlasting League: A Survey of Switzerland, February 1979.
07 Swiss Federalism in the Twentieth Century, by Max Frenkel, Max, 1978.
08 Federalism and Constitutional Review in Switzerland: Studies and Research Group
Federal - Provincial Relations Office. Government of Canada, by John A. Hayes,
09 A British Senate? Lord Home Points the Way to a Reformed Upper House. The
House of Commons will not, unless persuaded, be keen to follow it, by the
10 German Federalism: Material Received from External Affairs under “Information Flow” Arrangements, October 1979.
11 Switzerland in Figures, by Union Bank of Switzerland, 1977.
12 Introducing Switzerland, by Olivier Reverdin.
13 Draft Constitution of 1977: Unofficial Translation by Jurg K. Siegenthaler with the Collaboration of Christoph Leuenberger and Arlene Weingart, 1977.
14 The Basic Law of the Federal Republic of Germany, 1977.
01 Time: The Weekly Newsmagazine (Vol. 130, No 1), July 1987.
02 The Virginia State Capital
03 The Court and the Constitution: Comments on the Supreme Court. Reference on Constitutional Amendment, by Peter Russell et al, 1982.
04 The United States of America: A Government by the people, by United States Information Services, 1966.
05 The White House: A Brief History.
06 Australian Federalism, by the Centre for Research on Federal Financial Relations, 1977
07 Nomination of John Paul Stevens to be a Justice of the Supreme Court: Hearings before the Committee on the Judiciary United States Senate: Ninety-Fourth Congress. First Session of Nomination of John Paul Stevens of Illinois to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, December 1975.
08 Nomination of Abe Fortas, by the Committee on the Judiciary, September 1968.
09 Nomination of Thurgood Marshall, by the Committee on the Judiciary, August 1967.
10 Official Gazette of the Cortes of Spain, by the Senate of Canada, October 1978.
11 Devolution in Scotland, February 1978.
12 The Australian National University: Centre for Research on Federal Financial Relations. 1977 Report on Activities, 1977.
13 Constitutional Reform - Australian Style, by the Canadian High Commission - Canberra, 1986.
14 Towards Statehood: Land Matters upon Statehood, November 1986.
15 Aboriginal Development Commission: Who are the Australian Aboriginals? Speech to the Royal Commonwealth Society by the Chairman of the Aboriginal Development Commission Mrs. Shirley McPherson, February 1987.
16 Towards Statehood, August 1986.
17 Federalism in Canada and West Germany: Lessons for the United States, by William A. Glaser, June 1979.
18 Views and Surveys: The Reform of the Belgian State, by Robert Senelle, 1978.
Canada West Foundation documents
01 Alternatives 91: Agenda for a New Canada (in white binder)
02 Renewal of Canada: Briefing Papers on Institutional Reform, Jan. ’92 (in white binder)
03 Alternatives 91: Agenda for a new Canada: Citizens and Governments: Who Decides? June 1991 (2 copies)
04 Alternatives 91: Agenda for a New Canada: The Bottom Line: The Economics of Federal Renewal. September 1991
05 Alternatives 91: Constitutional Tour Guide (2 copies)
06 Alternatives 91: Roadmap for Constitutional Change. September 1991 (3 copies)
07 Alternatives 91: Roadmap for Constitutional Change. November 1991.
08 Alternatives 92: The Good, the Bad, and The Missing. April 1992 (3 copies)
09 Alternatives 92: What if the Wheels Fall Off the Constitutional Bus? May 1992 (2 copies)
10 Alternatives 92: The Environment and the Constitution. June 1992.
11 Alternatives 92: Roadmap for National Unity. March 1992 (3 copies)
12 Alternatives 92: Squaring the Circle: The July 7 Proposals, Senate Reform, and Quebec. August 1992.
13 Canada 2000: Roadmap for Economic Renewal in Western Canada. June 1993.
14 An Elected Senate for Canada: A Commentary on the Report of the Special Joint Committee of the Senate and House of Commons on Senate Reform, by Peter McCormick et al, 1984
15 Re-Inventing Parliament: A Conference on Parliamentary Reform, February 25 & 26, 1994.
16 A Realistic Perspective of Canadian Confederation, Prepared by M. & M. Systems Research Ltd, January 1977
17 Renewal of Canada – Institutional Reform. January 1992
18 A Summary of Colloquia on Constitutional Change, August 28-31, 1978
19 Western Canada Economic Diversity: Western Canada – Mexico Trade . . . Realizing Strategic Opportunities. March 1993.
20 Western Perspectives: Suppose the “Yes” Side Wins: Are We Ready? February 1995.
Minister of Supply and Services Canada documents
01 Canadian Federalism and Economic Union: Partnership for Prosperity. 1991.
02 Distribution of Powers and Functions in Federal Systems, by Dwight Herperger, Institute of Intergovernmental Relations, Queen’s University. 1991.
03 The European Community: A Political Model for Canada? 1991.
04 The History of Canada’s Constitutional Development. 1991.
05 Responsive Institutions for a Modern Canada. 1991.
06 Shaping Canada’s Future Together: Highlights. 1991.
07 Shaping Canada’s Future Together: Proposals. 1991.
08 Shared Values: The Canadian Identity. 1991.
Working Papers on the Constitution / Government of Canada
01 A Canadian Charter of Human Rights, by the Honourable Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Minister of Justice. 1968.
02 The Constitution and the People of Canada, by the Right Honourable Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada. 1969.
03 The Federal Court of Canada: A Manual of Practice, by the Honourable John Turner, Minister of Justice. 1971.
04 Federal-Provincial Grants and the Spending Power of Parliament, by the Right Honourable Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada. 1969.
05 Federalism and International Conferences on Education: A Supplement to Federalism and International Relations, by the Honourable Mitchell Sharpe, Secretary of State for External Affairs.
06 Federalism and International Relations, by the Honourable Paul Martin, Secretary of state for External Affairs. 1968.
07 Federalism for the Future, by the Right Honourable L. B. Pearson, Prime Minister of Canada. 1968.
08 Income Security and Social Services, by the Right Honourable Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada.
09 The Taxing Powers and the Constitution of Canada, by the Honourable E. J. Benson, Minister of Finance.
First Report of the Advisory Committee on Confederation, April 1978 (2 copies)
Second Report of the Advisory Committee on Confederation: The Federal-Provincial Distribution of Powers, March 1979
Business Council on National Issues documents
01 Canada’s Constitutional Future: A Response by the BCNI to the Government of Canada Proposals “Shaping Canada’s Future Together” January 1992. (2 copies)
02 Canada’s Constitutional Options: Papers and Summaries, Volume 1. 1991.
03 Canada’s Constitutional Options: Papers and Summaries, Volume 2. 1991.
04 Canada’s Economic Union: The Advantages; Questions and Answers; The Costs of Fragmentation. April 1992.
05 Canadian Fragmentation: The Costs. October 1992.
06 Canadian Unity: The Benefits. October 1992.
07 The Challenge Before Us: A Statement by Members of the BCNI Accompanying a Response to the Government of Canada’s Constitutional Proposals “Shaping Canada’s Future Together” January 1992. (2 copies)
08 The Charlottetown Agreement: Some Responses to Western Canadian Concerns. October 1992.
09 A Citizen’s Guide to the Constitutional Question, by Richard Simeon. February 1981.
10 Communiqué. January 1992.
11 Reflections on a Renewed Canada: A Selection of Statements and Speech Excerpts from Members of the BCNI. April 1992.
12 Suicide or Renaissance? Canada at the Crossroads: An Address by Thomas d’Aquino, President and Chief Executive, BCNI. March 1992.
13 Ten Reasons Why Canadians Should Support the Charlottetown Constitutional Agreement. October 1992.
14 “Yes”: BCNI Response to the National Referendum Question. News Conference September 1992.
Documents related to Indigenous Land Claims
01 Delgamuukw: In the Supreme Court of British Columbia. March 8 1991.
02 Aboriginal Appeals: Court of Appeal for British Columbia, Volume 1. June 1993.
03 Appendices: Renewing the Federation: Options for British Columbia, by Gordon Gibson. 1996.
04 Delgamuukw v British Columbia. 1997.
05 Nisga’a Final Agreement. August 4 1998.
Documents related to Indigenous Land Claims and Constitutional Reform
01 Appendices: Nisga’a Final Agreement. August 4 1998.
02 Constitutional Reform: Taking Stock and Looking Ahead: An Issues Paper. July 16 1982.
03 Some B.C. Pronouncements on Upper House Reform: November 1976-1982. August 23 1982.
Discussion Papers on the Renewal of the Federation
01 A Background Discussion Paper
02 A British Columbia Perspective, by Melvin H. Smith, Q. C. (3 copies)
03 Discussion Papers on British Columbia in Confederation (2 copies)
04 The Economy and Constitutional Change, by Donald J. Wright (2 copies)