m996.10.157 | Drapeau and Self-financing

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Drawing, cartoon
Drapeau and Self-financing
Serge Chapleau
May 16,1976, 20th century
Ink and watercolour on paper
35.5 x 25.5 cm
Gift of M. Serge Chapleau
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  Budget (45) , Cartoon (19139) , Culture / Sports (256) , Drawing (18637) , drawing (18379) , Economy (211) , Jean Drapeau (35) , Mayor (13) , Olympics (54) , Political stakes (346) , Self-financing (1) , sports (645) , sports (154)
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The increase in the expected cost of the 1976 Olympic Games contrasted sharply with the commitment made by Montreal Mayor Jean Drapeau, who did not see any problem on this score. The cartoonist is being ironic about the fact that through taxation, smokers are forced to make a large contribution to the funding of this sporting event.

  • What

    The expected cost overruns for holding the Montreal Olympic Games became a major issue. And they remained a major issue well after 1976, as taxpayers would be stuck paying off the Olympic debt for a long time afterwards.

  • Where

    A few competitions were held outside Montreal, but the vast majority of the events of the XXIst Olympiad took place in the city.

  • When

    On May 12, 1970, the International Olympic Committee announced that Montreal had been selected to host the Summer Olympic Games. The event ran from July 17 to August 1, 1976.

  • Who

    Jean Drapeau, dressed like an Olympic Stadium hawker, was mayor of Montreal from 1954 to 1957, and then again from 1960 to 1986.