M998.48.11 | Poker Game

Drawing, cartoon
Poker Game
Aislin (alias Terry Mosher)
1991, 20th century
Ink, felt pen and opaque white pigment on paper
27.3 x 27.3 cm
Gift of Mr. Terry Mosher
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  Cartoon (19139) , Drawing (18637) , drawing (18379) , various themes (1105)
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Keys to History

In the negotiations for the Charlottetown Accord, the failure of the Meech Lake Accord and the rise of nationalist sentiment in Québec put Québec Premier Robert Bourassa in a much stronger position than initially thought in his discussions with the federal government and the other provincial premiers. In this poker game, Prime Minister Brian Mulroney points out to Bourassa, his negotiating adversary, that he has no chips, to which the Québec Premier replies that he holds all the cards.

  • What

    Following the failure of the Meech Lake Accord in 1990, the provincial governments had to return to the negotiating table. They tried to get the constitutional process going again by agreeing to the Charlottetown Accord, although it would ultimately be rejected by Canadians in a national referendum in 1992.

  • Where

    This constitutional agreement between the first ministers was signed in Charlottetown, the capital of Prince Edward Island.

  • When

    The agreement was signed on August 28, 1992, and the referendum was held on October 26, 1992.

  • Who

    Robert Bourassa was Liberal premier of Québec from 1970 to 1976 and from 1985 to 1994. Brian Mulroney was Progressive Conservative prime minister of Canada from 1984 to 1993.