The Secrétariat du Québec aux relations canadiennes (SQRC) defends Québec’s institutional and constitutional interests. From this perspective, its team actively monitors federal parliamentary activity, and then advises the Minister responsible for Canadian Intergovernmental Affairs and notifies the relevant Québec ministries of motions, policies, bills, or statements that could have an impact on their mandates. SQRC’s team of constitutional lawyers also monitors jurisprudence and constitutional doctrine.
Current and former constitutional reform proposals have been followed and analyzed by the SQRC, which in a way acts as the Government of Québec’s memory on these issues.
The SQRC is responsible for preparing and updating the consolidation of the Constitution Act, 1867 and the Canada Act 1982. The consolidation contains references, where applicable, to the statutes of Québec, the resolutions passed by the National Assembly, and Québec government documents.
The notes to the consolidation also set out the governmental positions expressed by various constitutional players, including Québec, at the time of the various constitutional amendments made since 1867.