Tonight, I saw Brian Mulroney's interview with Lloyd Robertson on CTV. The interview didn't make me think more of the man. He still thought that the constitutional accord, Meech Lake was scuttled by the efforts of former prime minister, Pierre Trudeau and Newfoundland premier, Clyde Wells. The Meech Lake Accord was designed to get Quebec fully on board as a member of the Canadian Federation. This fascinating subject was a source of much debate from 1987 to 1991. It lead to a second Quebec separation referendum in 1995 which was narrowly defeated.
Getting back to Meech Lake, it was Manitoba Legislative Representative, Elijah Harper, who stopped the Manitoba assembly from ratifying the accord. Mr. Harper, who's a Native-Canadian, claimed that Meech Lake was created without any imput from Canada's first nations.
Mr. Mulroney never mentioned Mr. Harper's name or Indian issues in the TV interview. He focused on the betrayals from political enemy, Pierre Trudeau and his "friend" for thiry years, Lucien (the separatist) Bouchard. How could Mulroney not know about Bourchard when he fought for the separatist cause in the first Quebec referendum in 1980???
There were other issues which I have against Mulroney, but the biggest one was his decision to step down before the election in 1993. He was like a rat leaving a sinking ship.
In 1984, the Conservatives won a record 211 seats, but in the 1993 election, they were almost wiped out with only 2 seats nation wide. Did Mulroney retire or did he cut and run? The decision is yours.