M965.199.7209 | The Power Play.

Drawing, cartoon
The Power Play.
John Collins
1962, 20th century
Ink, coloured pencil and opaque white on paper
36.9 x 29.8 cm
Gift of Mr. John Collins - The Gazette
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  Cartoon (19139) , Drawing (18637) , drawing (18379) , politics (10928)
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Keys to History

The issue of nationalizing electricity, represented here by the goal the Liberals have scored against the Union Nationale goaltender, was a key factor in the victory of Jean Lesage's party in the 1962 Quebec general election.

  • What

    Satisfaction is clear on the face of the average citizen (Uno Who) sitting next to the red light indicating a goal and holding the Liberal Party program in his hand.

  • Where

    The Liberals' electoral success is depicted here as a game of ice hockey, the most popular sport in Québec.

  • When

    This cartoon was published on November 15, 1962, the day after the Quebec general election on the issue of nationalizing electricity.

  • Who

    The goaltender, staring with bewilderment at the puck in the net behind him, has been drawn to look like Union Nationale leader Daniel Johnson, who was defeated in the 1962 election.