Once a Politician, Always a Butt: Introduction to Editorial Cartooning

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No Mr Dion, it's not a delusion, people really do hate you!
Serge Chapleau
1997, 20th century
Graphite on paper
43.1 x 35.6 cm
Gift of M. Serge Chapleau
M999.81.118
© McCord Museum
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"This drawing is vicious, the most vicious, gratuitous even. Mr. Dion hadn't done anything in particular and wasn't responsible for any contemptible act, except that of existing..."

Serge Chapleau

  • What

    When Stéphane Dion joined Chrétien's Cabinet in 1996, he quickly distinguished himself for his clear, hard-line position on Quebec nationalism. To every criticism of the federal regime formulated by Quebec sovereignists, he had an immediate response. His seeming arrogance only increased the hostility of many francophones toward him, as attested by this image of Dion as a rat, a "little rodent."

  • Where

    Stéphane Dion has a good reputation among English-speaking Canadians, despite the fact that he is viewed in almost exactly the opposite way by francophone voters in Quebec, in particular among nationalists, who see him as the incarnation of everything they are fighting against.

  • When

    The slim victory of the No side in the 1995 sovereignty referendum in Quebec prompted Prime Minister Jean Chrétien to call upon Stéphane Dion to expand and clarify the federalist position.

  • Who

    Stéphane Dion, former professor of political science at the University of Montreal, Liberal politician and federal minister of intergovernmental affairs from1996 to 2003.