M994X.5.273.201 | Riding Into Power

Riding Into Power
John Wilson Bengough
1886, 19th century
Ink on newsprint - Photoengraving
31.5 x 25.3 cm
Gift of Dr. Raymond Boyer
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  Cartoon (19139) , politics (general) (2228) , Print (10661)
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In anticipation of the difficulty the new Ministry would meet in reconciling the various conflicting trade interests in the promised tariff changes, the N. P. was referred to as a White Elephant- a beast proverbially awkward to have on hand. That the Policy had proved a particularly "happy thought" on the part of the Conservative leader was now manifest, for it is doubtful if anything excepting this adroit appeal to the people's pockets could possibly have restored the Conservatives to power at this time. (Excerpt from: Bengough, John Wilson. A Caricature History of Canadian Politics: Events from the Union of 1841, as Illustrated by Cartoons from "Grip", and Various Other Sources. Toronto: The Grip Printing and Publishing Co, 1886.)

Cartoon originally published in Grip, September 28th, 1878