M985.221.51 | Quebec Referedum
Aislin (alias Terry Mosher)
January 26, 1980, 20th century
Felt pen, printed film, ink on paper
24.5 x 31.7 cm
Gift of Mr. Abner Kushner
© McCord Museum
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Keys to History
In the referendum campaign, the two camps deployed substantial resources in seeking to convince Quebeckers to support their option. Here the two options are depicted as musicians going door to door trying to persuade sceptical voters.
This cartoon, which was published in January 1980, shows that well before the start of the referendum campaign, Quebeckers were already sensing that they would be under huge pressure to support one option or the other.
This imaginary scene appears to be taking place at the home of an English-speaking Quebecker.
The referendum campaign was held in April and May 1980.
No doubt having already answered his door innumerable times to Yes and No canvassers, the homeowner shows his indifference by singing a line from a well-known Bob Dylan song.