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M997.53.182
© McCord Museum
Drawing, cartoon
Bouchard Speculates
Aislin (alias Terry Mosher)
1994, 20th century
Ink, felt pen, graphite and computer printout on paper
24.1 x 24.7 cm
Gift of Mr. Terry Mosher
M997.53.182
© McCord Museum

Keys to History:

The cartoonist portrays Bloc Québécois leader Lucien Bouchard and his fellow Bloc members of Parliament (MPs) as opportunists who are "milking" the federal system for all they can get, while promoting their plan to break up the country.

What:

After initially stating that they would remain in Ottawa only until a referendum on sovereignty was held, the Bloc MPs subsequently entertained the possibility of continuing to sit in the House of Commons even if the referendum was won by the No side. This change in position was poorly received outside Québec, where the Bloc is viewed as a threat to Canadian unity.

Where:

Showing Bouchard milking a maple-leaf-spotted cow symbolizes Bloc MPs' ambiguous relationship with the federal system.

When:

The Bloc Québécois's participation in its first federal general election, in 1993, sparked a heated debate in English Canada.

Who:

Lucien Bouchard was the leader of the Bloc Québécois from 1990 to 1996, before switching to provincial politics to become leader of the Parti Québécois and serving as premier of Québec from 1996 à 2001.

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