June 20, 1990 |
Less than two weeks ago, Prime Minister Brian Mulroney could argue that he had it all sewn up: The political elite of the country had signed a constitutional deal that would avert the threatened breakup of English- and French-speaking Canada. No more. In a remarkable political upset, public opinion has swept Mulroney's arduously crafted plans into complete disarray. The constitutional deal that looked like a juggernaut just one week ago now looks as though it will die Saturday.
June 12, 1990 |
Newfoundland Premier Clyde Wells said Monday that he will put a controversial package of constitutional amendments to a vote in the provincial legislature sometime in the next two weeks. The Newfoundland legislators will vote on whether to ratify amendments, coupled with a political accord hammered out last week, that give special powers to the French-speaking province of Quebec. The possibility of amending the constitution in this way has touched off a bitter debate all across Canada.
June 10, 1990 |
Canada's leaders signed a tentative agreement to amend the constitution and grant special status to the French-speaking province of Quebec in an attempt to head off a brewing constitutional and linguistic crisis.
June 9, 1990 |
The mood in Canada has swung from hope to discouragement and even cynicism as the nation's top leaders Friday wrapped up a full week of closed-door talks on its constitution with little yet to show for their efforts. Late Friday evening, premiers emerged from yet another marathon session claiming they had an agreement in principle--but they added that there were still some stumbling blocks, and hopes were dashed once again, as they already have several times this week.
June 8, 1990 |
Key talks on reshaping the Canadian constitution were on the brink of collapse at the end of a marathon session Thursday, as Quebec's provincial Premier Robert Bourassa announced that he would no longer participate in any discussion of Quebec's "distinct" role within the nation. The so-called distinct-society constitutional clause has been a central element of this week's talks, and it is hard to see how the other negotiators can proceed without Bourassa.
June 5, 1990 |
No solution to Canada's growing constitutional and linguistic problems emerged Monday as Prime Minister Brian Mulroney completed a second day of make-or-break talks with this country's 10 provincial premiers. Months of debate over a package of constitutional amendments has awakened such sharp bitterness over language issues in Canada that some analysts fear the country could finally split into French and English-speaking sub-states, as it last threatened to do 10 years ago.
May 23, 1990 |
Prime Minister Brian Mulroney was embroiled in the worst crisis of his six years in power Tuesday after his top Quebec minister resigned in a dispute over French-speaking Quebec's future in Canada. Environment Minister Lucien Bouchard, who was the leader of Mulroney's pivotal Quebec caucus, quit the Cabinet on Monday after sending a telegram hailing this week's 10th anniversary of Quebec's separatist referendum.
March 20, 1990 |
Residents of this Northwest Territories town of 2,000 like to call the spruce forests and salt plains spreading out around them "the cradle of bison recovery in Canada." For about 4,000 bison roam the meadows near Ft. Smith, and virtually every wood bison in the world today can trace its ancestry back to this herd. This year, however, the so-called cradle of bison is slated to become a bison graveyard. Veterinary pathologists want to track down each and every one and shoot them dead.
February 24, 1990 |
Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney shook up his Cabinet on Friday in a bid to revive his ailing Conservative government in the polls. Mulroney kept his most senior ministers in place but he said he was making changes that are needed to help his government get through the next few "crucial" months. " . . .
February 8, 1990 |
John Turner, the leader of Canada's Liberal Party, announced that he will resign as head of the official opposition and return to private law practice. Turner, 60, said he will keep his Vancouver district seat in the House of Commons and live in Toronto. Herb Gray of Windsor, Ontario, will take over as interim party leader. Turner will keep his post until a June 23 meeting, where six candidates will vie for the opening, including Turner's former deputy prime minister, Jean Chretien.