The Honorable Barry Lee Strayer, O.C., Q.C., B.A., LL.B., B.C.L., S.J.D.; judge; born Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan; son of Carl John and Nina Naomi Strayer; married Eleanor D. Wesley; and Arlene Staton on 2 July 1955; children: Alison Lee, Jonathan Mark Staton, Colin James; educated at Luther College, Regina 1948-51; University of Saskatchewan B.A. 1953; LL.B. 1955; Oxford University, B.C.L. 1957; Harvard University, S.J.D., 1966; Chief Justice, Court Martial Appeal Court of Canada and Judge, Federal Court of Appeal (formerly Federal Court of Canada, Appeal Division) 1994-2004; call to the Bar of Saskatchewan, 1995; Crown Solicitor, Department of the Attorney General of Saskatchewan 1955-62; Prof of Law, University of Saskatchewan, 1962-68; several positions in Government of Canada, Ottawa; Director of Constitutional Review, Privy Council Office, 1968-71; Director of Constitutional Law, Department of Justice 1971-74; Assistant Deputy Minister of Justice 1974-83; Constitutional Advisor to Republic of Seychelles 1979; Judge of Federal Court, Trial Division, 1983-94; Judicial Member, Competition Tribunal 1986-93; Lecturer, Carlton University, 1973; Lecturer, University of Ottawa, 1973-78; created Queen’s Counsel, 1974; Advisor to Government of Hong Kong on Bill of Rights, 1989; Officer, Order of Canada, 2008; author Judicial Review of Legislation in Canada 1968, revised and published as The Canadian Constitution and the Courts, 1983 (2nd edition), 1988 (3rd edition); The Patriation and Legitimacy of the Canadian Constitution (Cronkite Lectures) 1982; Patriation of the Constitution and the Charter; 25 Years After (Timlin Lecture); Canada’s Constitutional Revolution January 2013; numerous articles published in legal periodicals; Honorary Life Member, Law Society of Saskatchewan; recreation: golf; clubs: Rideau (Ottawa); Larrimac Golf (Chelsea); Home: 504 Queen Elizabeth Drive, Ottawa Ontario K1S 3N4.


Canada’s Constitutional Revolution
Barry L. Strayer

From 1960 to 1982 Barry L. Strayer was instrumental in the design of The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the patriation of Canada’s Constitution. Here Dr. Strayer shares his experiences as a key legal advisor with a clear, personal voice that yields an insightful contribution to Canadian history and political memoir. He discusses the personal philosophies of Pierre Trudeau and F.R. Scott in addition to his meticulous accounts of the events and people involved in Canada’s constitutional reform, and the consequences of that reform, which reveal that it was truly a revolution. This is an accessible primary source for experts and non-specialists interested in constitutional history studies, political history of patriation and The Charter, interpretation of The Charter, and the nature of judicial review.

Format:  Trade Paperback
ISBN:  978-0-88864-649-1
Price:  CND$ 34.95, USD$ 34.95, £ 29.5
Discount:  Trade
Subject:  Law, Politics, Constitutional Reform, Canadian History
Publication Date:  January 2013
“[On April 27, 1982, Queen Elizabeth signed the Constitution Act on Parliament Hill.] For nearly 15 years [Barry Strayer] had toiled mightily in the labyrinthine structures of federal constitutional planning and in the chambers of federal-provincial negotiations to get to just this moment. In Ottawa that day Canada’s sovereignty was formalized; it gained untrammeled authority over its own constitution and it declared its subscription to human rights. Strayer was crucial to the federal government’s constitutional endeavours, from policy consulting with the prime minister to reassuring parliamentarians, to preparing court cases, to organizing strategic planning and the writing of constitutional drafts. He was at the very centre of Canada’s modern constitutional moment.”
— John D. Whyte, Literary Review of Canada, May 2013
“The Hon. Barry L. Strayer was instrumental in designing Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the 1982 repatriation of the Constitution. In Canada’s Constitutional Revolution, the retired federal court judge recalls his involvement as a legal adviser during the period of constitutional reform from 1960 to ’82.”
— Quill & Quire