M996.10.266 | Bill 101: The Turkey in Charge

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Drawing, cartoon
Bill 101: The Turkey in Charge
Serge Chapleau
1986, 20th century
Ink on paper
22 x 19.7 cm
Gift of M. Serge Chapleau
© McCord Museum
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"This is the first beast in my bestiary (how strange it is to go back in time like this... I was, I realize, trying things out)."

Serge Chapleau

  • What

    Caught between anglophone voters, many of whom detested Bill 101 (the Charte de la langue française) and francophone nationalists, who wanted the law to remain fully implemented, Liberal premier Robert Bourassa tried to find a compromise, which - at least in the short run - made him seem indecisive.

  • Where

    Anglophone voters, concentrated in the western sections of Montreal Island and the Eastern Townships, were largely hostile to the language policies of the Parti québécois, and not much more accepting of Robert Bourassa's attempts at conciliation. During the 1989 election, the Liberals lost four West Island ridings to the Equality Party.

  • When

    Following their return to power in the elections of 1985, the Liberals had to contend with numerous legal actions against the language laws enacted by the Parti québécois.

  • Who

    Robert Bourassa was leader of the Quebec Liberal Party and premier of Quebec from 1970 to 1976 and from 1985 to 1993.