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Fighting for Meech Lake

The Story

Ontario premier David Peterson has a formidable task ahead of him. Support for the constitutional accord has been steadily declining. Before the Newfoundland legislature, a province that has yet to endorse the accord, Peterson pleads his case. If Meech is not accepted, this country will fall apart, he urges. New Brunswick premier Frank McKenna also addresses the gallery. He is equally passionate. "A wave of intolerance rolls across the country like a tidal wave going back and forth and back and forth until the population feels weak and dissipated," he says in this CBC Television report.

Medium: Television
Program: The National
Broadcast Date: June 20, 1990
Guest(s): Paul Dicks, John Efford, Rex Gibbons, Frank McKenna, David Peterson
Host: Peter Mansbridge
Reporter: Brian Dubreuil
Duration: 2:49

Did You know?

• Politicians, businessmen and academics came to Newfoundland in an attempt to persuade premier Clyde Wells and the legislature to pass the Meech Lake accord.
• Ten years after the failure of the Meech Lake accord, premier David Peterson reflected on Wells's firm stance. "He was so wrong, it's almost inexcusable," he said in a CBC Television interview. "I don't know very many thoughtful people who think in retrospect that he did the right thing."


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