M996.11.63 | East and Western Canadians

 
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Drawing, cartoon
East and Western Canadians
Aislin (alias Terry Mosher)
1992, 20th century
Ink on paper
25.8 x 26.2 cm
Gift of Mr. Terry Mosher
M996.11.63
© McCord Museum
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Keywords:  Anonymous citizen (162) , Cartoon (19139) , drawing (18379) , Drawing (18637) , Federal (334) , Life in society (104) , National assertion (94) , People (413) , Provincial (500) , Québec or Canada political events (600) , Social stakes (275)
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Keys to History

This cartoon shows the average Quebecker's stereotypical perception of the average Albertan, and vice versa, which continues to incite their mutual distrust. The former is portrayed as a staunch Québec nationalist, and the latter as a committed Reform Party supporter -- references to popular political affiliations in the two provinces.

  • What

    According to Aislin, western Canadians and Quebeckers have virtually identical views of each other.

  • Where

    The Reform Party was founded in western Canada.

  • When

    The debate surrounding the referendum on the Charlottetown Accord, held October 26, 1992, heightened the political divisions within Canada.

  • Who

    From 1987 to 2000, the Reform Party members in the House of Commons put forward a conservative vision of the country that was strongly influenced by the priorities of their constituents in western Canada.