M2001.99.159 | So Close, yet So Far

Drawing, cartoon
So Close, yet So Far
Serge Chapleau
2000, 21st century
Graphite on paper
43.2 x 35.6 cm
Gift of M. Serge Chapleau
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  Cartoon (19139) , Drawing (18637) , drawing (18379)
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Keys to History

"A good summary of the PQ's situation at the time: two completely different visions. Each of these men would have preferred to watch the other from afar..."

Serge Chapleau

  • What

    Jacques Parizeau has long exercised tremendous influence within the Parti québécois. Subsequent leaders might have picked up the reins and taken the party in new directions, but Parizeau, the head of the radical wing of this sovereignist party, is always present and active in party affairs.

  • Where

    Lucien Bouchard left Ottawa and the leadership of the Bloc québécois to return to Quebec and take over from Jacques Parizeau after the latter stepped down as premier.

  • When

    After the setback of the 1995 referendum and his controversial remarks about the influence of ethnic groups on its outcome, Jacques Parizeau stepped down as leader of the Parti québécois and premier of Quebec. Lucien Bouchard, considered more of a moderate in his approach, took over the leadership, a post he occupied until 2001.

  • Who

    Two former leaders of the Parti québécois: Jacques Parizeau, who held the post from 1988 to 1995, and Lucien Bouchard, who held it from 1996 to 2001.