Kitchen discord: Senators stew over how to commemorate room key to constitutional debate
By Charelle EvelynJan. 9, 2019
Talk of marking the Government Conference Centre kitchen where three attorneys general hashed out a constitutional compromise doesn't 'bring back good memories,’ says Quebec Sen. Dennis Dawson.
On Nov. 4, 1981, then-Ontario attorney general Roy McMurtry, left, federal justice minister Jean Chrétien, middle, and Saskatchewan attorney general Roy Romanow, right, negotiated what became known as the Kitchen Accord in a room in the former Government Conference Centre that Senators are now debating how to commemorate. Photograph courtesy of Library and Archives Canada
Though $30,000 might not be out of left field for a typical kitchen renovation, Senators are hesitant to shell out the money to recreate one to mark a significant—and very divisive—event in Canadian history.
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