scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 1,055
The Meech Lake Accord was an attempt by Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney to get Quebec to sign the 1982 Constitution Quebec led by Premier Robert Bourassa submitted five demands The first demand a formal voice of Quebec in Supreme Court appointments Second say on immigration policy toward Quebec Others demands include limits to federal spending powers in areas of provincial jurisdiction veto power on constitutional amendments affecting provinces and most important the recognition of Quebec as a distinct society The Meech Lake Accord was in fact an amendment to the Canadian Constitution therefore both Parliament and all ten provinces had to pass the amendment The accord signed by all ten Provincial Premiers and Prime Minister Mulroney in 1987 then had to pass in both the Canadian Parliament and all ten provincial legislatures Thus the first reason why the Meech Lake Accord did not pass was because of unanimity among all ten provinces when amendments are proposed which is extremely difficult to obtain on such a controversial issue as Meech Lake There are many reasons why the Meech Lake Accord was not ratified into law One reason was the fact that many minorities within Canada thought that giving Quebec the title distinct would relegate other minorities to a lesser status Ontario the largest English speaking province also rejected this distinct society clause on the same grounds as did Manitoba for fear that Anglophone Canadians would be relegated to a lesser status within government Another issue that relates toward the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and Quebec as a distinct society act 178 Act 178 passed in Quebec was a law that pacified Act 101 Act 101 was legislation that made French the usual language of business work instruction communication and trade within Quebec Obviously this law angered English Canada because it violated the Charter of Rights and Freedoms under the 1982 Constitution that gave all Canadians equality With Meech Lake approaching Premier Bourassa sought to
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA