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?


  1. 1
    Tony Kondaks Says:

    1) It was Levesque that betrayed the Gang of Eight by breaking ranks and agreeing to Trudeau’s offer of a referendum. This freed the provinces to make the deal they did wirh Trudeau.

    2) Who cares if they sign? They are still bound by it regardless.

    3) Quebec will never sign because to do so would be giving up their highly successful “blackmail” formula. Why on Earth give up a good thing? I wouldn’t.

    4) Our Canadian charter of rights is no such thing. It is a charter of LIMITATIONS of rights and freedoms and does not work. It is a silly document that “isn’t worth the paper it’s written on” (one of the few wise things Brian Mulroney has ever said).

  2. 2
    Neil McKenty Says:

    It’s remarkable , then, that experts from other countries flooed Canada to study why our Charter works so well.

  3. 3
    Tony Kondaks Says:

    They must be experts from repressive regimes come to study how to camouflage violations of rights under the guise of guaranteeing rights.

    Do recall, Neil, that legal experts from South Africa came to Canada to study our Indian Act upon which they tailored their Apartheid laws.

  4. 4

    I’m inclined to agree with Tony on the limitations of the Charter’s “guarantee” of rights and freedoms. Just take the recent foofarah with Michael Ferguson…the Liberals are claiming he’s “not bilingual enough” to have the job. Where, oh where, is the test for such? And why does it matter? And, by the way, this little teapot erruction — coming from a party that was recently led by someone who was unintelligible in both official languages — is rich!

    But the topic is Quebec. Let them sign or not sign. Does it actually matter? Who pays attention to this stuff, apart from the bean counters and tick-markers?

  5. 5

    And on a different note, why are none of the Catholic bloggers touching this story –> ?

    Suzanne is ignoring it with everything she’s got. Even my friend, Father Tim, isn’t talking about it.

    So wazzup, guys?

  6. 6
    Neil McKenty Says:

    Lady Janus,

    I was fully aware of the major story about Ireland shuttingt down its ambassadorship to the Vatican. I just didn’t see a way to play it.

    Does your friend, Father Tim, live in Peterborough?

  7. 7

    I hear Quebec-Constitution- Levesque in the same sentence and I could puke.
    Mum’s the word.
    BTW-I read somewhere, that Levesque was “under the weather” on the night referred to.

  8. 8

    Signature if necessary , but not necessarily a signature

  9. 9
    Ken mallory Says:

    So the population thinks it doesn’t matter if signed by PQ or not. Those interested should have a close look at what bilingualism has done to the Canadian job market. The legislative mess in Manitoba, The legislative and cultural mess that official provincial bilingual has brought to the maritime region of this country you profess to love. The damn thing ,including the French rights and freedoms is an absolute farce; I’ll die knowing we have been badly manipulated by my own country.

  10. 10
    bluemoosebicycle Says:

    Catharine writes:
    Thank you, Ken, for your informed contribution.

  11. 11
    nate Says:

    guys I need reasons for Quebec signing the constitution. Its for school. Please help!

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