M987.244.62 | Merci, Jean...
Aislin (alias Terry Mosher)
1986, 20th century
Ink, felt pen and film on paper
27.3 x 30.7 cm
Gift of Mrs. Marilyn Michel
© McCord Museum
Keywords: Cartoon (19139) , Drawing (18637) , drawing (18379) , politics (general) (2228)
Keys to History
"Love him or hate him, Mayor Jean Drapeau was the dominant figure in Montreal municipal politics for several decades. During that time, we cartoonists had a field day with his eminently caricaturable physiognomy! When Drapeau finally retired, in 1986, I drew this cartoon, comparing his presence in Montreal to that of Mont Royal, as a salute to him."
Terry Mosher (alias Aislin)
Montreal's mayor for thirty years, Jean Drapeau (1916-1999) dominated the political scene in the city. Drapeau greatly enhanced the international reputation of the city, in part by his original, although often authoritarian, leadership.
Montreal is the economic and cultural centre of Quebec. Almost half of Quebec's population lives in the city or its suburbs. For centuries, Montreal was considered the metropolis of Canada.
Several times elected mayor of Montreal, Jean Drapeau was the driving force behind numerous large projects in the city : the creation of Place des Arts (1963), the construction of the métro (1966), the holding of the World's Fair (1967), the founding of a major-league baseball team (1969) and the preparations for the Olympic Games (1976).
Born in 1916, Jean Drapeau served as the mayor of Montreal almost without interruption from 1954 to 1986.