M996.11.118 | What Policy ?

Drawing, cartoon
What Policy ?
Aislin (alias Terry Mosher)
April 6, 1993, 20th century
Felt pen and ink on paper
28 x 25 cm
Gift of Mr. Terry Mosher
© McCord Museum
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Keys to History

As she prepared to succeed him as the leader of the Progressive Conservative Party, Kim Campbell tried to get Prime Minister Brian Mulroney to tell her what strategy he thought she should follow. Mulroney was reputed to have very good political intuition, but his inertia in this cartoon seems to indicate that his political capital has been used up. In the speech balloon in the upper left corner, however, the cartoonist points out that Mulroney hasn't passed away, he's just passed out!

  • What

    When Campbell became prime minister, the Progressive Conservatives' popularity initially rose in the polls. Yet it proved to be a false dawn, as the party's fortunes soon hit the skids.

  • Where

    The leadership convention that chose Campbell as Mulroney's successor was held in Ottawa.

  • When

    Campbell became the leader of the Progressive Conservative Party on June 13, 1993, and then prime minister on June 25.

  • Who

    In the race for the Progressive Conservative (PC) leadership, Campbell won out over Jean Charest, who was to become party leader a few months later, when the PCs under Campbell suffered a crushing defeat in the October 1993 general election.