Quebec Premier Robert Bourassa talked with TIME senior editor George Russell and Ottawa bureau chief James Graff in Bourassa's 17th-floor offices in Montreal's Quebec Hydro building. Excerpts:
Q. Are you angry about the fate of the Meech Lake accord?
A. I fought for it for three years because my judgment was that it was a good deal for Quebec. Finally, it did not work. I was sad, but I had to turn around and say there is another challenge ahead.
Q. The mood in Montreal this week was buoyant. Nobody seemed to be mourning the agreement.
A. The silent majority of...