The Meech lake accord, which would have made Quebec a “distinct society” within Canada, resulted in a failure 30 years ago, despite efforts by the prime minister at the time, Robert Bourassa. A few days of the national holiday, our columnist Antoine Robitaille revisits this historic event with those who lived through it. A series of columns to follow until Tuesday.
With our eyes today, the excessiveness of the ex-liberal leader have something trumpien.
“I’m delighted,” said Pierre Elliott Trudeau, the day when Meech died 22 June 1990.
Not surprising, because since 1987, the former prime minister was waging a bitter struggle against the ratification of the agreement, the demonizing on all forums.
Hyperbolas, personal attacks and accents, macho men, about orduriers, the former chief, who was then 67-year-old came out of retirement like a dog unleashed. Today, it seems that this PET has aspects trumpiens.
The Journal de Montréal, shows Pierre Elliott Trudeau as master of her former minister Jean Chrétien, who became leader of the liberal Party on the same day of the death of Meech on 23 June 1990, but that, in appearance, had cultivated the ambiguity on the subject.”>
This caricature of Roland Pier, published in 1989 in The Journal de Montréal, shows Pierre Elliott Trudeau as master of her former minister Jean Chrétien, who became leader of the liberal Party on the same day of the death of Meech on 23 June 1990, but that, in appearance, had cultivated the ambiguity on the subject.
With its morgue, it will lead its entire network liberal to undermine tirelessly this agreement, the first leader Clyde Wells, who was to become prime minister of Newfoundland in 1989 and will refuse stubbornly to ratify Meech in 1990. (He was appointed judge by John Christian after that.)
John Parisella, chief of cabinet of Robert Bourassa at the time, and now observer of the american political contemporary, writes that the excesses of Trudeau in the late 1980s in the debate on Meech had something alien to the political culture and were ” not so much in the canadian spirit “, marked by moderation.
“Governed by Eunuchs “
The agreement has a little more than a month when, on may 27, 1987, Pierre Elliott Trudeau to appear in The Press, on six columns, a rant of some 4000 words.
The tone oozes contempt you agree of anger and outrage to the place of Meech and its artisans.
In his eyes, the claims of Quebec is that vile “blackmail” of “whiners” in the throes of a “crisis of youth” spoiled “.
Quebecers do not need this “crutch” of the “distinct society” in order to survive, plague-t-it.
“Politicians provincialisants “are” perennial losers “who are seeking to be a” ghetto quebecois “and that will ultimately “balkanize” the federation.
His successor, Brian Mulroney ? A “coward” who might weaken the Canada, which is a federation, if well-designed since 1982 (repatriation carried out under the leadership of Trudeau) that she ” was going to be able to last a thousand years “.
Brian Mulroney, then prime minister of Canada, shortly before the Meech lake accord in march 1987.
But because of Mulroney and the signatories of the Agreement, was indignant-it, the canadian State central would become “impotent” ; in short, that he ” will eventually be governed by eunuchs “.
Of Meech to the nazis
At the end of march 1988, he addressed the Senate for nearly five hours only in English ; what, in the stands, complains the reporter Michel Vastel, of the Duty, that will be expelled.
Mr. Trudeau explained that the French-speaking journalists do not concern correctly its about. (Another aspect trumpien Trudeau’s father !)
To illustrate the danger that poses, according to him, on the rights and freedoms, the notion of a ” distinct society “, he spoke of nazi Germany.
While acknowledging broader terms, he said : “We have examples in history where a government becomes totalitarian because it is based on race and sends the others in the concentration camps” !
The a of June 24, 1990.
Jean-Claude Rivest, a former special adviser to Robert Bourassa, include that trudeauistes have been able to, with regard to Meech, have reservations philosophical.
Since the beginning of his career, Trudeau refused the concept of ” special status “.
But according to Rivest, on their refusal, there is also a question of pride : the trudeauistes refused to accept that the leader of the conservatives succeed where PET had failed either to unite the country.
He argues that relatives of Trudeau and Chrétien have entrusted him with this : “Mulroney is going to say that he saved Canada. And we, what are we going to look ? In Quebec, we have no more speeches. “
One understands why the former prime minister was “delighted” to failure all the more that his work remained untouched, and the Quebec was still ruled out. This is the case even today, 30 years later.