M2005.100.47 | Lucien's Angels vs. Charest's Machine
Lucien's Angels vs. Charest's Machine
Aislin (alias Terry Mosher)
1998, 20th century
Felt pen and ink on paper
27.5 x 27.4 cm
Gift of Mr. Terry Mosher
© McCord Museum
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Keys to History
To illustrate the ill feeling between Parti Québécois (PQ) leader Lucien Bouchard and Liberal leader Jean Charest, the cartoonist has drawn them here as heads of rival motorcycle gangs. He is alluding to the bloody biker wars waged by criminal gangs in the 1990s.
The rivalry between Bouchard and Charest reached new heights in the 1998 election. It was made all the more fierce by the fact that both men had been ministers in Brian Mulroney's Progressive Conservative government and had had a major difference of opinion over the Meech Lake Accord in 1990.
The biker war left dozens of people dead and wounded across Québec.
The war was at its worst in 1995, when a bomb went off in Montreal, killing an 11-year-old boy.
In 1998 Bouchard was the leader of the Parti Québécois and Charest the leader of the Québec Liberal Party. "Mom" Bouchard is an allusion to Maurice "Mom" Boucher, a notorious motorcycle gang leader in Québec.