Kitchen Meeting

In Canadian politics, the Kitchen Meeting [1] is the night of November 4, 1981, when the constitutional act of 1982 had been accepted by the prime minister of Canada Pierre Elliot Trudeau, as well as 9 of the 10 premiers of the provinces, without knowledge of the premier of Quebec René Lévesque, who was sleeping at Hull. [2]

In Quebec, this event is called the Nuit des Longs Couteaux, or "Night of the Long Knives".

Origin of the French Expression

The phrase "Nuit des Longs Couteaux" translates to "Night of the Long Knives". It refers to the purge carried out in Germany by the Nazi Party in 1934 to consolidate Adolf Hitler's hold on power. Observers of the constitutional negotiations coined this expression the day after the Kitchen Meeting.

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