M998.51.183 | A Peek at the Political Future of Mario Dumont
A Peek at the Political Future of Mario Dumont
1992, 20th century
Graphite on paper
48.1 x 35.5 cm
Gift of M. Serge Chapleau
© McCord Museum
Keywords: Cartoon (19139) , Drawing (18637) , drawing (18379) , politics (10928)
Keys to History
"This cartoon describes very well the Mario Dumont of old. The Dumont-Bourassa transformation was taking place right before us. Mario is a guy with a very explosive vision..."
Since the age of 22, Mario Dumont has been a major player on the Quebec political scene. Early in his career he patterned himself after Robert Bourassa, but he later rejected the latter's view of the role of Quebec in Canada.
A native of Cacouna, near Rivière-du-Loup, Mario Dumont very quickly found a forum for his political ideas in political and media circles in Quebec.
In 1992, the Quebec Liberal Party was caught in a debate that was tearing it apart. On one side was Robert Bourassa, who defended the Charlottetown Accord - the result of negotiations with the other provincial premiers - and on the other was Mario Dumont, who felt the agreement didn't go far enough. As a result, Dumont quit the Quebec Liberal Party in November 1992.
Elected chairman of the Youth Commission of the Quebec Liberal Party in March 1991, Mario Dumont resigned in 1992 to join Jean Allaire in starting up the Action Démocratique du Québec (ADQ). The party was established in 1994, and Dumont became its first leader.