It is 30 years almost to the day since “the night of the long knives” in Ottawa. That was when Trudeau, Chretien and the anglo premiers ganged up on Rene Levesque and decided to repatriate the Constiution and add a Charter of Rights and freedoms even if Quebec was left out of the deal.
So for three decades now Quebec has been bound by thee repatriated Constitution and the Bill of Rights but has not signed it.
There were repeated efforts to make the deal palatable to Quebec — Meech Lake, the Charlottetown Accord. They all failed partly because Trudeau opposed giving Quebec “special status”.
A new survey, just out, found that 63 per cent of respondents from across the country now agree with the statement: “There are no constitutional changes that can ever satisfy the majority of Quebecers.”Fifty-seven per cent of Quebecers agreed that constitutional changes won’t satisfy most residents of their province. Thirty per cent are still convinced major amendments could resolve outstanding issues and lead to Quebec finally signing the Constitution Act of 1982.
Should Quebec sign the Constitution and become a full part of the Canadian family?
What do you think?