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Enough is as Good as a Feast
John Henry Walker (1831-1899)
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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This was an allusion to the debate which took place on the Nova Scotia "better terms" resolution in the House of Commons. Mr. Blake introduced a motion setting forth the unconstitutionality of the bargain which had been made after the Act of Union, under which Nova Scotia got additional subsidy. Honorable J. S. Macdonald, on the other hand, supported the action of the Government. In connection with this cartoon "Grinchuckle" addressed the following lines to "Joe Howe" : -

It's of no use, Joe Howe, to be craving for plunder,
For we know you are but a political rake;
And Ontario will never consent to strike under,
While she has for her leader redoubtable Blake.

Old Sandfield, we know, is a premier squeezable,
And he's willing to give, and you're eager to take;
He would buy up your Province by any means feasible;
But he cannot buy up that redoubtable Blake.

(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 Grinchuckle, December 9th, 1869