M2002.131.92 | Everyone's Favourite Grinch, in How I Stole the Election
Everyone's Favourite Grinch, in How I Stole the Election
2000, 20th century
Graphite on paper
43.3 x 35.8 cm
Gift of M. Serge Chapleau
© McCord Museum
Keywords: Cartoon (19139) , Drawing (18637) , drawing (18379) , Election (200) , Federal (334) , figure (1849) , Jean Chrétien (80) , Leaders (428) , Liberal Party of Canada (243) , male (1608) , Political parties (800) , Politicians (860) , politics (10928) , Politics (1624) , Québec or Canada political events (600) , Santa Claus (13) , Symbolic representation (411)
Keys to History
"I find this drawing funny. The title, "How I Stole the Election...," was not the one that accompanied the drawing when it was published. That one was too tough... I sometimes engage in self-censorship!"
The 2000 federal election, called surprisingly to coincide with the start of the Christmas season, saw Jean Chrétien win a crushing victory over his opponents. Chrétien had been able to take advantage of division and weakness in the opposition parties. At the time, the film How the Grinch Stole Christmas, directed by Ron Howard, had just been released. So the parallel seemed natural... to the cartoonist, at least.
Almost everywhere in Canada, the Liberals took an easy victory in the poles, winning 42 per cent of the votes. They elected 170 members to the House of Commons, while their closest rival elected 68.
When Jean Chrétien's Liberals won a sizeable majority on November 27, 2000, they went down in the record books as having won three consecutive majority governments. In Canadian history, this was a rare feat for either the Liberals or the Conservatives. The election was, however, the last fought by Jean Chrétien.
Jean Chrétien was elected leader of the Liberal Party of Canada in 1990 and served as its prime minister from 1993 to 2004.