M996.10.542 | "Le bloc québécois!"
"Le bloc québécois!"
1992, 20th century
Watercolour and graphite on paper
43 x 35.5 cm
Gift of M. Serge Chapleau
© McCord Museum
Keywords: Bloc Québécois (17) , Cartoon (19139) , Drawing (18637) , drawing (18379) , Federal (334) , figure (1849) , Lucien Bouchard (40) , male (1608) , Political parties (800) , Politicians (860) , Politics (1624) , politics (general) (2228)
Keys to History
The apparent contradictory purpose of the Bloc Québécois (BQ) -- to promote Québec's political sovereignty in Ottawa -- characterizes this block, which also reflects the shift in position of BQ leader Lucien Bouchard, who himself had served as a minister in Brian Mulroney's federal Progressive Conservative government.
The founding of the Bloc Québécois, in the wake of the failure of the Meech Lake Accord, stirred things up in Ottawa. This group of federal members of Parliament dedicated to the cause of Québec independence was looked upon with apprehension in English Canada, where it was feared that the BQ would try to disrupt the functioning of federal institutions.
The BQ, which campaigns in federal elections, runs candidates only in Québec ridings.
Founded in 1990, the BQ took part in its first federal general election in 1993.
Lucien Bouchard was the leader of the Bloc Québécois from 1990 to 1996, before switching to provincial politics to become leader of the Parti Québécois and serving as premier of Québec from 1996 to 2001.