First, while Edwards was seen as embodying a somewhat novel approach to constitutional interpretation (known interestingly as the "constituent statute" and not the "living tree" approach), that approach was not that the meaning of the text could change over time to reflect new social norms; it merely acknowledged that the words must be capable of some elasticity to accommodate new circumstances (such as the enactment of the Statute of Westminster
The effect of the Statute of Westminster
was not well understood.
The decisions reached in 1926, 1929 and 1930 were ratified in 1931 with the signing of the Statute of Westminster
which paved the way for the Commonwealth.
It maintained Canada's control over changes to the law of royal succession by maintaining respect for the constitutional convention that had been followed in Canada and the United Kingdom since the enactment of the Statute of Westminster
, 1931 and the Parliament of Canada's first Succession to the Throne Act in 1937.
He is probably wrong to assert that Reciprocity would not have affected Imperial Preference and he does not seem to have read the Statute of Westminster
very carefully, if at all.
(under) the Statute of Westminster
1931 under the skilled statesmanship of General Hertzog, Prime Minister of the Union of South Africa ...
In 1924 he appointed the first Labour ministry and in 1931 the Statute of Westminster
recognised the dominions of the Empire as separate, independent states within the Commonwealth of Nations.
As notoriously reluctant as New Zealand's political elites were to acquire sovereignty over their law making, through the adoption of the Statute of Westminster
Act 1931, we did manage it a full decade earlier than Fischer claims.
The legislation introduced today is in keeping with the Preamble to the Statute of Westminster
, 1931, which provides that any changes to the laws governing succession require the assent of Dominion Parliaments.
A Reader's Guide in the front matter groups entries by theme, and a chronology briefly annotates significant dates beginning with the year 1275, when the Statute of Westminster
in England began regulation of bail, and ending with laws passed in 2012 permitting gay marriage.
Five years later the British parliament passed the Statute of Westminster
removing the British parliament's power to legislate on behalf of the Dominions except at their request and by their consent.
There is also the Statute of Westminster
1931, which requires the assent of various Commonwealth countries to any change to succession.