June 1990

Collapse of the Meech Lake Accord

The Meech Lake Accord was a series of amendments to the Canadian Constitution that would recognize Quebec as a “distinct society” within Canada. Elijah Harper of Red Sucker Lake in Manitoba implemented procedural delays in the Manitoba legislature on June 22, 1990—the last day the Accord could be ratified—and ran out the clock to have the Meech Lake Accord approved in all provinces.

“I was opposed to the Meech Lake Accord because we weren't included in the Constitution. We were to recognize Quebec as a distinct society, whereas we as Aboriginal people were completely left out.”

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