M996.11.63 | East and Western Canadians
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
© McCord Museum
Keywords: Anonymous citizen (162) , Cartoon (19139) , Drawing (18637) , drawing (18379) , Federal (334) , Life in society (104) , National assertion (94) , People (413) , Provincial (500) , Québec or Canada political events (600) , Social stakes (275)
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.
According to Aislin, western Canadians and Quebeckers have virtually identical views of each other.
The Reform Party was founded in western Canada.
The debate surrounding the referendum on the Charlottetown Accord, held October 26, 1992, heightened the political divisions within Canada.
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.