After assuming office on 26 June 1985, Peterson moved quickly on issues such as environmental protection, health care and francophone rights. On the national scene, he endorsed the MEECH LAKE ACCORD (see MEECH LAKE ACCORD: DOCUMENT) and emerged as a leader in ensuring a provincial role in the FREE TRADE discussions. He subsequently opposed the agreement reached in October 1987. Peterson was returned to office with an overwhelming majority in the election of 10 September 1987, but in a snap election called in September 1990, which many voters considered unnecessary and opportunistic, his government fell to the NDP in a surprising upset. Peterson lost his own seat and quickly resigned as Liberal leader. In 1991 he became a partner in a Toronto law firm.
Author PHILIP DEWAN
Shawnadithit grew anxious waiting for her uncle, Longnon, to return to camp at the junction of Badger Brook and the Exploits River, deep in the wilds of Newfoundland...