Term 17 of 1949 Terms of Union between Newfoundland and Canada provided constitutional protection for denominational education in the province.
In the fall of 1995, using the results of a highly divisive referendum, Premier Clyde Wells tables in the Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly a resolution to amend Term 17. It would take another five years, a change of political administration, a second referendum, yet another amendment to Term 17, and a series of legal battles to bring the issue of educational change to its conclusion. That change ended the province's denominationally based education system and replaced it with a common system.
"Trial" documents the position taken by the Catholic Education Council/Committee throughout this process and its unsuccessful attempt to preserve the constitutional rights in education of Roman Catholics in Newfoundland and Labrador. 248 pages