Mulroney castigated Trudeau over Meech
The Canadian PressSunday, March 23, 2014
OTTAWA - Newly released cabinet records show Brian Mulroney lashed out at Pierre Trudeau and other Liberals for engaging in a betrayal of the country as the Meech Lake constitutional accord collapsed.
During an evening cabinet meeting in Parliament Hill's Centre Block, a dejected Mulroney squarely blamed former prime minister Trudeau and soon-to-be Liberal leader Jean Chretien for helping orchestrate the accord's demise.
According to the record of the June 22, 1990, meeting, Mulroney said Meech Lake had been obstructed and undermined by people who thought they had the right to govern forever.
Trudeau had helped sow the seeds of the accord's eventual destruction, branding it a sellout to the provinces and Mulroney a "weakling."
The Canadian Press fought for four years to obtain the minutes of cabinet meetings from the first half of 1990, when the tense Meech Lake drama played out.
The Meech accord was intended to meet Quebec's conditions for embracing the Constitution, patriated in 1982 over the objections of the province's then-separatist government.