M997.63.85 | Ti-Pierre-Jean-Jacques Shrinks After Brainwashing
Ti-Pierre-Jean-Jacques Shrinks After Brainwashing
1970, 20th century
18.8 x 21 cm
Gift of Mme Arlette Hudon
© McCord Museum
Keywords: Bill 63 (4) , Cartoon (19139) , Crisis (453) , Drawing (18637) , drawing (18379) , figure (1849) , Finance (10) , French (13) , Jean-Jacques Bertrand (15) , Language (22) , Linguistic debate (92) , male (1608) , Montreal (409) , National assertion (94) , Political parties (800) , Political stakes (346) , politics (10928) , Politics (1624) , Premier (42) , Provincial (500) , Québec (427) , Québec or Canada political events (600) , Quiet Revolution (101) , St. James Street (13) , Union Nationale (90)
Keys to History
The passing of Bill 63 revealed Québec Premier Jean-Jacques Bertrand's firm intention to stay on the right side of the business community, which at that time consisted primarily of English speakers who attached great importance to the issue of the language of instruction of their children.
Bertrand's Union Nationale government sought to resolve the language debate that divided Québec by passing Bill 63. It recognized the right of parents, including immigrant parents, to choose the language of instruction of their children.
St. Jacques was one of Montreal's major streets and a large number of financial institutions had their offices there, many of them headed by English speakers.
The Union Nationale government passed Bill 63 on November 20, 1969.
The leader of the Union Nationale, Jean-Jacques Bertrand, was premier of Québec from 1968 to 1970. The cartoonist refers to him here by the "affectionate' nickname of Ti-Pierre-Jean-Jacques.