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Queen pleads for Canadian unity in 1990

The Story

One week after the failure of the Meech Lake Accord in 1990, Canadian unity is fractured now that the constitutional amendment that would have brought Quebec into the Constitution is dead. Luckily there's an extra incentive to celebrate Canada Day on Parliament Hill this year: Queen Elizabeth is visiting. In this report from CBC-TV's The National, the Queen tells Canadians she hopes her presence will remind Canadians of their many years of shared experience. Not everyone is listening, though: when she visits Hull, Que., separatists literally turn their backs on her.

Medium: Television
Program: The National
Broadcast Date: July 1, 1990
Guests: Jim Durrell, Queen Elizabeth, Michel Légère, Brian Mulroney
Reporter: Keith Boag
Duration: 3:25

Did You know?

• "I think the Queen is very far from understanding the problems of Quebec and Canada," Jean-Paul Parent, a Hull protest organizer, told the Globe and Mail. "If she did understand, she wouldn't be here."

• The Queen's 1990 visit to Canada lasted five days, taking her to Calgary and Red Deer, Alta., as well as Ottawa.

• In 1992 the Queen returned for a quick three-day visit, celebrating Canada's 125th birthday in Ottawa. She next celebrated Canada Day in Ottawa in 1997, as part of a longer 10-day trip.



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