M998.48.132 | Jacques Parizeau, Lion Tamer

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Drawing, cartoon
Jacques Parizeau, Lion Tamer
Aislin (alias Terry Mosher)
1994, 20th century
Ink, felt pen and opaque white pigment on paper
25.4 x 26 cm
Gift of Mr. Terry Mosher
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  Cartoon (19139) , Drawing (18637) , drawing (18379) , politics (general) (2228)
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Keys to History

"Jacques Parizeau is a delightfully refreshing character for cartoonists because - agree with him or not - he always speaks his mind, and with little concern for the consequences, unlike other politicians. So when Parizeau was premier of Quebec in the 1990s, almost anything he said was cartoon-able, never more so than when he insisted on giving the Americans a piece of his mind - and inspiring this 1995 cartoon."

Terry Mosher (alias Aislin)

  • What

    Jacques Parizeau is one of those who believe that a sovereign Quebec would be able to stand up to the American economy, and even fend off its superior strength. Here, the thoughts of the American lion echo the scepticism of many : how could a small nation like Quebec, in need of investment capital, take on an adversary capable of swallowing it in one gulp, and still maintain its independence?

  • Where

    During the 1980s, the political elite in Quebec supported the Canada-US Free Trade Agreement. Robert Bourassa, Jacques Parizeau and Bernard Landry all saw eye to eye on the question of Quebec's ability to profit from the lowering of tariffs between Canada and the United States. In the other provinces, political and economic leaders were much more divided on the issue.

  • When

    Following his victory in the elections of September 12, 1994, Jacques Parizeau began the referendary process intended to bring about the sovereignty of Quebec. During the months leading up to the referendum of 1995 - which the sovereignists lost by a narrow margin - the premier tried to convince voters that Quebec's economy had a solid grounding.

  • Who

    Jacques Parizeau was minister of finance in the government of René Lévesque and premier of Quebec for just over a year, between 1994 and 1995. An avowed indépendantiste, he is a key player in the radical wing of the Parti québécois.