M2000.79.84 | Pepper Grinder Jean

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Drawing, cartoon
Pepper Grinder Jean
Aislin (alias Terry Mosher)
1998, 20th century
Ink on paper
23.5 x 23.5 cm
Gift of Mr. Terry Mosher
© McCord Museum
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The firm tone taken by Prime Minister Jean Chrétien in the wake of events at the APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) summit is parodied in this cartoon depicting him as a pepper grinder. The cartoonist ironically notes that Chrétien seems to have something in common with Indonesian President Suharto, the authoritarian leader who was the focus of protests at the summit meeting.

  • What

    Chrétien was roundly criticized for the comments he made regarding the strong-arm tactics used by Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officers in dealing with demonstrators. He chose to make seemingly ironic remarks rather than express any concern about the conduct of officers who had blasted protesters with pepper spray.

  • Where

    APEC is an intergovernmental organization that promotes economic growth in the Asia-Pacific region. It has 21 member countries from three continents.

  • When

    This controversy arose in November 1997.

  • Who

    Jean Chrétien was prime minister of Canada from 1993 to 2003.