M996.10.484 | Forward ho for the Yes
Forward ho for the Yes
1992, 20th century
Graphite on paper
30 x 23.8 cm
Gift of M. Serge Chapleau
© McCord Museum
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Keys to History
"A nice image of former Premier Bourassa, a guy heading in two directions at the same time!"
With his party caught between defending federalism and seeking more and more powers for Quebec, Robert Bourassa reluctantly supported the Charlottetown Accord, which was rejected by Quebeckers as well as a large portion of Canadians, although for the opposite reason. Finalized in 1992 by the premiers, the accord, an attempt to free Canada from the constitutional impasse in which it had been embroiled since the Meech Lake Accord, was rejected by Canadians during the 1992 referendum.
The provincial premiers and all party leaders in Canada campaigned hard preceding the referendum. Analysts agreed that Quebeckers rejected the Charlottetown Accord because it accorded too few powers to Quebec. In the rest of Canada, the accord met solid rejection because it was thought to be too generous to Quebec.
Following the defeat of Meech Lake in June 1990, the leader of the Quebec Liberal Party threw his support to the new compromise, the Charlottetown Accord, which was put before Canadian voters in a referendum in 1992. Robert Bourassa supported the accord, the result of long, hard negotiations between the provincial premiers and the prime minister of Canada. However, in the referendum the accord was rejected by 54.8 percent of voters.
Robert Bourassa was leader of the Quebec Liberal Party and premier of Quebec from 1970 to 1976, and again from 1985 to 1993.