22 April 2012

Eugene Forsey: Defender of the Canadian nation (book excerpt)

Defender of the Canadian nation

In June of 1990, the options for a stronger, united country were on the verge of extinction. The Meech Lake Accord, a package of constitutional amendments based on demands from Quebec and tradeoffs with the other provinces, was in the final stages of its approval process. Under the amendment formulas in the repatriated Constitution, the Accord needed the endorsement of Parliament and all ten provincial legislatures within three years. If it made it through, Canadians would awake to find massive decentralization embedded in constitutional concrete, together with an attendant host of extremely serious problems.

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