M965.199.7902 | Drums Along the Ottawa.
Drums Along the Ottawa.
About 1954, 20th century
Ink, graphite and opaque white on paper
36.8 x 29.3 cm
Gift of Mr. John Collins - The Gazette
© McCord Museum
Keywords: Cartoon (19139) , Double taxation (2) , Drawing (18637) , drawing (18379) , Economy (211) , Federal-provincial relations (124) , figure (1849) , Liberal Party of Canada (243) , Louis St-Laurent (9) , male (1608) , Maurice Duplessis (21) , National (64) , Ottawa (90) , Political parties (800) , Political stakes (346) , politics (10928) , Politics (1624) , Québec (427) , Québec or Canada political events (600) , Tax (22) , Union Nationale (90)
Keys to History
While Québec Premier Maurice Duplessis (defending the fort in the foreground) and Canadian Prime Minister Louis Saint-Laurent (pounding the war drum on the other side of the river) argue over the legitimacy of levying income taxes, the average citizen (Uno Who) has a pretty good idea who will end up paying the bill.
From his vantage point in Fort Autonomy (for the defence of provincial autonomy), Duplessis is getting ready to use the weapon of taxation (Tax Gun), depicted as a musket, giving him a distinct advantage over the bows and arrows of his federal adversaries.
This scene is set on the banks of the Ottawa River where it defines the boundary between Québec and Ontario.
By adding the caption "A Rare Old Illustration from Collins History of Quebec," the cartoonist is conjuring up the idea of an episode from the history of New France.
Duplessis is attired like a marquis from New France, with a traditional French tricorne hat, whereas Saint-Laurent is dressed like a First Nations warrior.