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The Man Wot Fired the Parliament House
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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As a climax to the excitement which attended the passage of the Rebellion Losses Bill, the House of Parliament at Montreal was destroyed by incendiarism. This outrage was well known to have been the act of a Party, but the individual hand that wielded the torch, was not known. "Punch in Canada", the comic paper of the day, and a strong opponent of the measure in question, took advantage of this fact to suggest humorously that "the man wot fired the Parliament House" was Lafontaine- the man who led the Government in the matter which had so excited the Conservative wrath, and so led to the catastrophe. (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 Punch in Canada, May 19th, 1849