Defining Modern Canada

By DaraH.
  • Quebec Referendum 1980

    This referendum was the first for Quebec and the desicion to seperate or not. The country had mixed views on Quebec but the results showed they would remain a part of Canada.
    The vote was 59% no and 41% yes for Quebec sovereignty.
  • Constitution signed

    Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau had been working on a new constitution to create a unified Canada, after seeing much required want for change after the 1980 Quebec Referendum. It was signed April 17 1982 by 9 provinces and the federal government.
  • Meech Lake Accord negotiated

    The Meech lake Accord was an attempt by the Federal Government to renegotiate terms with Quebec. They wanted to persuade Quebec into the constitution. However: this Accord failed because Elijah Harper and Brian Peckford opposed it.
  • Bilateral Trade Agreement

    This was a trade agreement between the United States and Canada and was proposed by Brian Mulroney. It was to try and remove high tariffs and guaruntee investments.
  • Stand off at Oka

    This was a standoff between the city of Oka and the Mohawk people. Oka had been using the Mohawk land without their permission. The city wanted to use their land to expand a golf course, but the Mohawk people were very offended and would not agree. It turned into a gun fight and the RCMP had to intervine. Eventually the city of Oka lost the battle to gain control of the land.
  • Charlottetown Accord

    This Accord came as a follow up to the failure of the Meech Lake Accord. This was a set of proposed amendments to the Constitution. This accord failed just as the Meech Lake Accord had.

    The NAFTA stands for the North American Free Trade Agreement. This deal was made by Brian Mulroney because he wanted to remove the tariffs between trade with the U.S. and create stable access to the U.S. markets. Mexico also were involved in the NAFTA, as Carlos Salinas signed too.
  • Quebec Referendum of 1995

    This was the second referendum and the results were much closre. The votes were 49% for yes, and 51% for no to Quebec sovereignty.