M997.63.26 | I have a hard noggin'...
I have a hard noggin'...
1970, 20th century
Ink, crayon and felt pen on paper
19 x 21 cm
Gift of Mme Arlette Hudon
© McCord Museum
Keywords: Cartoon (19139) , Drawing (18637) , drawing (18379) , Election (200) , figure (1849) , Leaders (428) , Liberal Party (201) , male (1608) , Parti Québécois (206) , Political parties (800) , Politicians (860) , politics (10928) , Politics (1624) , Provincial (500) , Québec (427) , Québec Liberal Party (243) , Québec or Canada political events (600) , Rassemblement pour l'indépendance nationale (7) , René Lévesque (87) , Union Nationale (90)
Keys to History
Even though his independence option was a favourite target of the other political parties, Parti Québécois leader René Lévesque seemed strong enough, according to the cartoonist, to withstand the concerted attacks of the Liberals, the Union Nationale and the Social Credit. Lévesque himself is saying, "I've got a hard noggin!"
When the Parti Québécois (PQ) ran candidates in a general election for the first time, in 1970, there was a lot of interest in how they would do. Despite managing to get only seven members elected to the National Assembly, the PQ garnered 23% of the popular vote, indicating that the independence option was attracting a growing number of Quebeckers.
A candidate in the Montreal riding of Laurier, Lévesque was defeated the first time he ran for the PQ in a general election.
The general election was held on April 29, 1970.
After serving as a minister in the provincial Liberal government from 1960 to 1966, René Lévesque founded the Parti Québécois and was the leader of the party from 1968 to 1985.