M2002.133.17 | The poverty threshold...

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Drawing, cartoon
The poverty threshold...
Éric Godin
1993, 20th century
Ink and felt pen
13.8 x 17.1 cm
Gift of M. Gérard Geoffrion
© McCord Museum
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Keys to History

The persistent inequality between rich and poor is here expressed through a well-known image: that of the affluent who attain their wealth at the expense of the destitute and low-income earners who literally serve as their doormats.

  • What

    Economic statistics and the effects of the recession of the early 1990s have tended to reinforce the feeling that the gap between rich and poor has been widening in Canadian society.

  • Where

    Here the "poverty line, or threshold," takes the form of a worker flattened in front of a door that leads to wealth.

  • When

    In 1993 Québec was recovering from a period of economic slowdown.

  • Who

    The fellow crushed outside the doorway represents a poor man or a low-wage earner, and the one trampling him underfoot a rich man with no social conscience.