M998.51.157 | Chrétien Tables Law to Protect Endangered Species: Thanks for thinking of me...
Chrétien Tables Law to Protect Endangered Species: Thanks for thinking of me...
1996, 20th century
Graphite on paper - Collage
43.1 x 35.4 cm
Gift of M. Serge Chapleau
© McCord Museum
Keywords: Cartoon (19139) , Drawing (18637) , drawing (18379) , politics (10928)
Keys to History
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Perceived by many as a politician without much charisma, Daniel Johnson watched his support among voters and key members of his own party ebb away. For more than two years, up until March 1998, his leadership was openly criticized and challenged.
The electoral defeat of Daniel Johnson's Liberals in 1994 and the slim victory of the No forces in the 1995 referendum revealed a deep fissure in Quebec politics. The Parti québécois appealed mainly to francophone Quebeckers, a group that Daniel Johnson's Liberals had trouble winning over.
In January 1996, Lucien Bouchard took over as premier of Quebec after Jacques Parizeau vacated the post, a move that, according to the polls, drastically cut voter support for the Liberals under Daniel Johnson. When he stepped down as party leader in 1998, Johnson said, "I believe that a new approach, new policies, new style, and a new leader would make a difference."
Daniel Johnson was president of Quebec's Conseil du Trésor from 1988 to 1993, leader of the Quebec Liberal Party from 1993 to 1998 and premier of Quebec for several months in 1994.