© McCord Museum
Quebecer at Wimbledon
Aislin (alias Terry Mosher)
1995, 20th century
Ink, felt pen, crayon and graphite on paper
27 x 25.5 cm
Gift of Mr. Terry Mosher
© McCord Museum
Keys to History:
"Here is another favourite street corner in Lachine. I had always wanted to include it in a cartoon if the right situation arose. Then, in 1995, tennis player Greg Rusedski (from Montreal's West Island) played at Wimbledon, passing himself off as British on the basis of his dual citizenship. Now, Jacques Parizeau is a well-known anglophile who speaks English with a slight British accent. So this cartoon picked up on an imagined conversation within the pictured home.
The tennis champion Greg Rusedski was born in Montreal to a British mother and a Polish father, and it was there that he grew up. So when he decided to represent Great Britain rather than his country of birth in international tennis competitions, everyone took notice. In Canada, questions of identity and belonging are taken more seriously than sports or culture. The dialogue in this cartoon leaves the impression that anglo-Quebeckers would have preferred Jacques Parizeau - who often has the air of an English noble - to be the one claiming British nationality!
Wimbledon, on the outskirts of London, is known the world over for its tennis championship, which dates back to 1877. The Wimbledon matches are closely followed even in working-class areas of Montreal, especially when a player born on the West Island is competing...
In the summer of 1995, during preparations for the second referendum on Quebec sovereignty, which was to be held the following October 30, Greg Rusedski, a tennis player with dual nationality, chose to compete at Wimbledon for Britain rather than for Canada.
Greg Rusedski, the professional tennis player, was born in Montreal in 1973. Jacques Parizeau, elected leader of the Parti québécois in 1988, was premier of Quebec from the fall of 1994 until late in 1995.