M2002.133.9 | The referendum

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Drawing, cartoon
The referendum
Éric Godin
1992, 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 national divisions revealed by the rejection of the Charlottetown Accord prompted this cartoonist to suggest that Québec might well be tempted to take advantage of the chaos to go its own way and leave Canada.

  • What

    The results of the Charlottetown Accord referendum showed that Canada was deeply divided: four provinces voted in favour, while the other six, including Québec, rejected it.

  • Where

    The Charlottetown Accord referendum was held in all the ridings in Canada.

  • When

    The vote was held on October 26, 1992. The negative outcome gave a boost to Québec nationalists, who made political gains in Ottawa and Québec City in the years that followed.

  • Who

    Although not identifiable individually, the people fighting in the federal bed no doubt represent the provincial premiers, while the fellow making a getaway is Québec.