M2002.132.105 | This week he'll decide which foot to stand on...

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Drawing, cartoon
This week he'll decide which foot to stand on...
Éric Godin
1998, 20th century
Ink, coloured felt pen on paper
12.4 x 15.4 cm
Gift of M. Éric Godin
© McCord Museum
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The decision to leave Ottawa and the Progressive Conservative Party (symbolized by the can of blue paint) to become leader of the Québec Liberal Party (symbolized by the can of red paint) was a hard one for Jean Charest, who wasn't sure what his best option was.

  • What

    After helping the Progressive Conservatives to get back on their feet and aspiring to become prime minister, Charest was urged to switch to provincial politics in 1998.

  • Where

    Charest became leader of the Québec Liberal Party at a convention held in St. Foy, Québec.

  • When

    This event took place on April 30, 1998.

  • Who

    Jean Charest served as a minister and then as leader of the federal Progressive Conservative Party (1993-1998) before becoming leader of the Québec Liberal Party and then premier of Québec (since 2003).