About the Show
The Meech Lake Accord: a political crisis that left the country teetering on the edge. It's a subject that might put some high school students to sleep, but not in Elijah, the spirited tale of a reluctant hero who went on to change the course of Canadian history - with a feather.
The timely, two-hour CTV Original Movie takes a smart and lighthearted look at an important historical moment, digging underneath the constitutional crisis of the time to reveal a true homegrown David and Goliath story.
Recently nominated for an astounding eight 2008 Leo Awards, Elijah is the latest big-event CTV Original Movie following the February broadcast of Mayerthorpe, the most-watched Canadian drama of the year with 1.3 million viewers.
On June 3, 1990, the day the Meech Lake Accord was signed by the Premiers, Elijah Harper's personal and professional life was in tatters. The disarmingly shy politician and aboriginal leader was facing increasing pressure from his community to effect change, his marriage was on the rocks, and he was beginning to question whether he could meet the gigantic expectations placed upon him. Over the next 20 days, with the help of the Manitoba Chiefs, including the charismatic Chief Phil Fontaine, Harper rose to the challenge and inadvertently became a hero by fighting for the rights of Canada's aboriginal peoples. Risking everything that was important to him, Harper rocked the nation by raising an eagle feather and saying "No" to Manitoba's ratification of the Meech Lake Accord.
Featuring a witty script and catchy soundtrack, Elijah stars Billy Merasty (Moose TV, Indian Summer: The Oka Crisis) as Elijah Harper. The movie was filmed entirely in Manitoba including, for the first time, inside the Manitoba Legislative Chamber.
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