1990

The failure of the Meech Lake Accord has a major impact on relations between English-and French-speaking Canadians

The Accord, which is an agreement between the federal and provincial governments to amend the 1982 Constitution so that Quebec would accept it, fails at the same time as Quebec’s sovereignty movement gains momentum.

For Quebec, the failure to ratify the Meech Lake Accord was interpreted as a rejection by English-speaking Canada.

The federal government, the provincial and territorial governments, and several Indigenous councils formulated another plan in 1992, the Charlottetown Accord, which was defeated in a national referendum.