M2000.93.174 | The Adventures of Pepper Man

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Drawing, cartoon
The Adventures of Pepper Man
Serge Chapleau
1998, 20th century
Graphite on card
43.2 x 35.6 cm
Gift of M. Serge Chapleau
© McCord Museum
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Prime Minister Jean Chrétien's terse reaction to the use of pepper spray by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in Vancouver -- "I put pepper on my plate" -- earned him a portrayal as "Pepperman," a less-than-glorious superhero whose weapon of choice is the pepper grinder.

  • What

    Jean Chrétien's populist style, distinctive looks and cutting comments, like those to do with "Peppergate," made him a favourite target of Canada's cartoonists.

  • Where

    The clash between the RCMP and protesters occurred in Vancouver, British Columbia, at an international summit meeting of APEC, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation organization.

  • When

    The APEC summit was held in November 1997.

  • Who

    The demonstrators were protesting against the attendance of President Suharto, the Indonesian dictator, at the APEC summit.