M996.10.62 | Happy Canada Day! Joyeux Canada Jour !

Drawing, cartoon
Happy Canada Day! Joyeux Canada Jour !
Serge Chapleau
1994, 20th century
Graphite on paper
43 x 35.7 cm
Gift of M. Serge Chapleau
© McCord Museum
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Serge Chapleau is the creator of a large group of humorous drawings that constitute the most recent major acquisition to enrich the McCord Museum's collection of over 15,000 caricatures. Chapleau - Aislin's francophone counterpart in Montreal - executed his first works in 1971 for the weekly magazine Perspectives. After having contributed to a number of daily papers and magazines, he became political cartoonist for Le Devoir in 1991, and for La Presse in 1996. Here, he shows Prime Minister Jean Chrétien wishing us all a Happy Canada Day.

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"One of my early classics of Chrétien. The drawing really captures the man, who speaks two second languages absolutely perfectly!"

Serge Chapleau

  • What

    A populist politician, Jean Chrétien is famous for frequently butchering the French language by translating literally expressions from Canada's other official language, English. Many cartoonists have lampooned Chrétien for this...

  • Where

    Canada Day is celebrated annually throughout Canada. In Quebec, however, where there is a deeply entrenched sovereignist movement, the celebration often rekindles the nationalist debate.

  • When

    On July 1, 1994, Jean Chrétien celebrated Canada Day for the first time as the country's prime minister. His Liberal Party was brought to power in the general election of October 1993.

  • Who

    Jean Chrétien was elected leader of the Liberal Party of Canada in 1990 and served as prime minister of Canada from 1993 to 2004.