© McCord Museum
The Horsey Set, Bromont
Aislin (alias Terry Mosher)
1976, 20th century
Felt pen and ink on paper
29.4 x 35.9 cm
Gift of Mr. Terry Mosher
© McCord Museum
Keys to History:
"The Gazette has indulged me over the years by letting me go off and do occasional sketchbooks on events or places that appeal to me for one reason or another. These forays are a delightful change from drawing my daily cartoons, which are primarily from the political arena. One of my first sketchbooks for the newspaper was produced during Montreal's Olympic Games in 1976. I wandered the sites for the entire two-week period, drawing the participants in various guises. This is one of my favourite sketches: haughty, horsey types watching the equestrian events in rural Bromont. I think the drawing is a good illustration of the axiom that the rich are different from the rest of us."
This cartoon evokes the barb that Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, threw at Robert Bourassa, premier of Quebec, by calling him a "hot dog eater" when Bourassa refused to ratify the Victoria Charter in 1971. The expression was quickly adopted as a pejorative reference to francophones, replacing "pea soup," an expression long used to denigrate French Canadians.
The town of Bromont, in the Eastern Townships, was the site of the equestrian events during the Olympic Games in Montreal.
The preparations for the 1976 Olympic Games were marked by numerous controversies related to costs and deadlines. At the time, Robert Bourassa's Liberal government was on its last legs and soon to be replaced (in November) by René Lévesque and his sovereignist team. During the Games, Quebec's anglophone minority realized that its relationship with the francophone majority was at a turning point.
Until the early 1980s, anglophones from Montreal dominated the political scene in Quebec. They constituted a wealthy and influential minority, and some harboured feelings of superiority toward francophone Quebeckers.