m996.10.87 | Johnson Stretching His Mandate

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Drawing, cartoon
Johnson Stretching His Mandate
Serge Chapleau
July 6,1994, 20th century
Graphite on paper
43 x 35.5 cm
Gift of M. Serge Chapleau
© McCord Museum
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Keys to History

"I am very proud of this drawing because I like my work to address big themes, and here the drawing says it all: he's shooting himself right in the face!"

Serge Chapleau

  • What

    When a governing party remains in power to the very end of its mandate, it often finds itself in a delicate situation. Some perceive the move as a sign that the party is unsure of its popular support among voters. Jacques Parizeau owes his election victory - and Daniel Johnson's defeat - in the fall of 1994 to precisely this. Johnson stepped down as premier, but he remained at the head of the Liberals until April 1998, when he was replaced by Jean Charest.

  • Where

    Daniel Johnson, a native of Montreal, made it all the way to the vice-presidency of the powerful Canadian company, Power Corporation, before throwing his hat into the political arena during the 1981 Quebec election.

  • When

    Robert Bourassa's Liberals came to power in Quebec in 1985 and again in 1989. When Bourassa announced his decision to withdraw from political life in September 1993, Daniel Johnson took over from him. In 1994, the Liberals thus entered the fifth and last year of their second mandate.

  • Who

    Daniel Johnson, Liberal politician, president of Quebec's Conseil du Trésor from 1988 to 1993, and premier of Quebec for several months in 1994.