M965.199.5765 | Party Games

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Party Games
John Collins
1970, 20th century
Ink, graphite and opaque white on paper
37.1 x 29.2 cm
Gift of Mr. John Collins - The Gazette
© McCord Museum
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Keys to History

There was a certain excitement in the air before the 1970 Quebec general election was called. It is reflected in the attitude of Uno Who -- a recurrent character in John Collins's cartoons representing the anonymous average citizen -- who is trying out a novel method for determining the exact date of the expected election.

  • What

    The 1970 general election, which took place in a particularly effervescent political climate, was contested by four major parties that all had a good chance of electing members to the National Assembly -- a rare occurrence in Québec provincial politics.

  • Where

    The election was held in all the ridings in Québec.

  • When

    The election took place on April 29, 1970.

  • Who

    The faces drawn on the numbers hanging over Uno Who's head are those of the leaders of the four major political parties: Robert Bourassa (Québec Liberal Party), Jean-Jacques Bertrand (Union Nationale), Camil Samson (Social Credit) and René Lévesque (Parti Québécois).