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Craig M. Scott: 0000-0002-1661-7932

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On Monday, January 28, 2013, I was privileged to table, on behalf of the NDP and in my capacity as Official Opposition Critic for Democratic and Parliamentary Reform, Bill C-470, An Act Respecting Democratic Constitutional Change. On the same day, my colleague Romeo Saganash, NDP Critic for Aboriginal Intergovernmental Affairs, tabled Bill C-469 that would require Canadian law and practice to respect the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. In this way, on that day, the New Democratic Party was making sure that Canadians know that our party sees the building and nurturing of sustainable and cooperative relationships as the essence of a democratic federalism. We also see the rights of peoples to self-determination as inextricably a relational concept in which unilateralism and absolutism have no place; instead, the concrete consequences of one collectivity’s claims to self-determination alongside other collectivities’ contrasting and overlapping claims to self-determination can only emerge from good faith dialogue based on mutual respect and recognition.


"This text was originally delivered as a lecture at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law in March 2013 and was presented at a seminar at Glendon College, York University, in January 2014."