was the political process that led to Canadian sovereignty
, culminating in 1982. Until that date, Canada was governed by a constitution
composed of British laws
that could be changed only by acts
of the British parliament
, albeit only with the consent of the Canadian government
. The patriation process saw the provinces granted influence in constitutional matters and resulted in the constitution being amendable by Canada only and according to the Canadian amending formula
, with no role for the Parliament of the United Kingdom. Hence, patriation is associated with the acquisition of full sovereignty.