M2007.142.24 | De Gaulle's entartage

Drawing, cartoon
De Gaulle's entartage
Aislin (alias Terry Mosher)
1997, 20th century
Ink and felt pen on paper
26.7 x 27.1 cm
Gift of Mr. Terry Mosher
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  Charles De Gaulle (55) , Diplomatic relations (484) , figure (1849) , France (47) , history (162) , International (540) , male (1608) , People (413) , Politicians (860) , Politics (1624) , Québec independence (1) , Québec or Canada political events (600) , Separatism (37) , Speech (10)
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Keys to History

Thirty years after the fact, French President Charles de Gaulle's "Vive le Québec libre!" was still a bitter memory in English Canada, where his remarks were perceived as an unacceptable intrusion into Canadian domestic affairs.

  • What

    Given the effect de Gaulle's speech had on the Québec sovereignty movement, the cartoonist says it was a shame that no one at the time had thought of preventing the French president from expressing himself quite so freely.

  • Where

    President de Gaulle gave his speech from the balcony of Montreal city hall.

  • When

    In view of the controversy sparked by the speech he gave on July 24, 1967, de Gaulle decided to cut short his stay and not to go to Ottawa to celebrate the centennial of Canadian Confederation.

  • Who

    One of the world's best-known heads of state, Charles de Gaulle (1890-1970) served as president of the French Republic from 1959 to 1969.