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Basques seek to reform their status in Spain Below the radar screens of Canadians, an ancient European people clustered around the Atlantic Ocean and the Pyrenees in northeastern Spain is finding inspiration in our constitutional experience. The people in question are the Basques (see box, p. 122), and their Canadian sources of inspiration are two articles of the British North America Act and a decision of the Supreme Court. The stamp of these Canadian ideas can be seen in the Ibarretxe Plan, a proposed reform of the Basque Statute of Autonomy whose architect, Juan José Ibarretxe (Ee-bar-ay-chay), member of the Basque Nationalist Party, heads the Basque Provinces’ centre-left coalition government (see box).

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