M998.48.174 | Parizeau as Jack the Ripper

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Drawing, cartoon
Parizeau as Jack the Ripper
Aislin (alias Terry Mosher)
1994, 20th century
Ink and felt pen on paper
28.7 x 28 cm
Gift of Mr. Terry Mosher
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  Cartoon (19139) , Drawing (18637) , drawing (18379) , various themes (1105)
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In English Canada, the 1994 Québec election victory of the Parti Québécois (PQ) under the leadership of Jacques Parizeau was seen as a serious threat to Canadian unity. In this cartoon, Parizeau is referred to as Jack the Ripper, the man who wants to rip Canada apart.

  • What

    Parizeau's resolve and firm commitment to Québec sovereignty helped make him the number one enemy of Canadian federalists, and one of their favourite whipping boys.

  • Where

    An economist by training, Parizeau studied at the École des hautes études commerciales in Montreal and at the Institut d'études politiques and the Faculté de droit in Paris. He later earned a PhD from the London School of Economics.

  • When

    The cartoonist likens the coming to power of the Parti Québécois, on September 12, 1994, to the start of a boxing match between the independence party leader and his federalist opponents.

  • Who

    PQ leader Parizeau was premier of Québec from 1994 to 1996. Jack the Ripper was a serial killer in London, England, in the late 19th century.