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Defining the Federal Government’s Role in Social Policy: The Spending Power and Other Instruments

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Defining the Federal Government’s Role in Social Policy: The Spending Power and Other Instruments

Limiting the use of the federal spending power in areas of provincial jurisdiction, particularly social policy, was on the agenda of most of the constitutional negotiations that began in the late 1960s. The issue was of particular interest to Quebec, but a number of other provincial governments also resented some of the ways the spending power had been used over time. Although all governments agreed to certain limits in the Meech Lake and Charlottetown accords, the rejection of the latter in 1992 ended attempts to provide for constitutional limits on the spending power.


By IRPP, Canada.


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