Meech Lake Accord

Filed Under: Constitutional Law

The 1987 agreement between the prime minister and the ten provincial premiers reached at Meech Lake, Quebec, proposing a series of constitutional changes designed to secure the consent of the government of Quebec to the Constitution Act, 1982. The most controversial of the proposed changes was the constitutional entrenchment of the recognition of Quebec as a distinct society. By 22 June 1990 the accord had been ratified by resolutions of the Senate, House of Commons, and eight provincial legislatures. However, because it required the approval of all ten provinces within a three-year period, it failed to become law in Canada.

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