M996.10.175 | Elections in Quebec, Real Cuckoo's Nest

Drawing, cartoon
Elections in Quebec, Real Cuckoo's Nest
Serge Chapleau
November 14,1976, 20th century
Ink on paper
35.6 x 26.5 cm
Gift of M. Serge Chapleau
© McCord Museum
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"I was a young cartoonist in 1976.

Our political friends are here shown wearing straight jackets, but I must confess that my opinion of them has changed considerably since then... Now, I should be the one forced to wear the straight jacket!"

Serge Chapleau

  • What

    The Quebec election in the fall of 1976 was an unusual free-for-all, with small political groups taking full advantage of the dissatisfaction with Robert Bourassa's Liberal goverment. The Parti québécois won largely because many anglophones voted for the Union nationale, led by Rodrique Biron.

  • Where

    The party leaders visited all of Quebec's 110 ridings during the election campaign of 1976.

  • When

    The election on November 20, 1976, marked a turning point in the history of contemporary Quebec: a sovereignist party, the Parti québécois, came to power for the first time and, in its first mandate, called a referendum on sovereignty-association.

  • Who

    Robert Bourassa, leader of the Quebec Liberal Party and premier of Quebec from 1970; Jérôme Choquette, leader of the Parti national populaire, a new party that won little support; René Lévesque, leader of the Parti québécois and premier of Quebec from 1976 to 1985; Camil Samson, leader of the Ralliement créditiste; and, finally, Rodrigue Biron, leader of the Union nationale, which was taking part in its last general election.