Elijah Harper had a lot of guts. In 1990 he held out as the only member of the Manitoba legislature to refuse the unanimous consent needed to fast track the Meech Lake Accord through the house. Imagine the pressure to conform. But no one had thought it important to consult Canada’s aboriginal people about that Accord. Big mistake.
One lone figure, holding his famous eagle feather, stood firm and the Meech Lake Accord died.
Now Elijah Harper has died, too. He lies in state in the Mantoba legislature where he made history, receiving the honour that is his due.