m996.10.199 | On the News Tonight, the Unbearable Suspense of Meech Lake

Drawing, cartoon
On the News Tonight, the Unbearable Suspense of Meech Lake
Serge Chapleau
1990, 20th century
Watercolour and graphite on paper
29.5 x 25.5 cm
Gift of M. Serge Chapleau
© McCord Museum
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Keys to History

In spite of the importance of what was at stake, the controversy surrounding the ratification of the Meech Lake Accord dragged on for so long that Canadians became sick and tired of the whole affair, just like the news reader in the cartoon.

  • What

    The goal of the Meech Lake Accord was to bring Québec into the Canadian constitutional fold. To be passed, however, the Accord first had to be ratified by all the provinces by June 1990. The ratification process was marked by a series of twists and turns, but ultimately ended in failure, throwing the country into a period of instability.

  • Where

    Here the cartoonist takes an ironic view of the news: "In the news tonight, the unbearable suspense of Meech Lake continues . . ." -- a story so boring that it has even put the news reader, Radio-Canada's Bernard Derome, to sleep.

  • When

    The terms of the Meech Lake Accord were drawn up in June 1987. The provincial legislatures then had three years to ratify the agreement.

  • Who

    Bernard Derome was news anchor for the Téléjournal, Radio-Canada's evening newscast, from 1970 to 1998, and from 2004 to 2008.