In its report (1979) it recommended that language rights be left to provincial jurisdiction rather than being entrenched in the CONSTITUTION (contrary to federal Liberal government strategy from 1969-79); that federal power be reduced (except in the area of economic management); that changes be made in the federal election system to introduce some proportional representation; that the Senate be replaced with a Council of the Federation appointed by provincial governments; and that the provinces be given power to rule on federal appointments to the Supreme Court of Canada and certain major regulatory bodies. The Québec delegation alone invoked these recommendations during the 1980 constitutional discussions.
The report stirred much discussion and its recommendations were given serious attention before the constitutional developments. However, the accord reached between the federal government and the other 9 provinces (1981) revealed how little influence the task force had ultimately had.
Author R. HUDON