MONTREAL — Tributes began pouring in early Monday for the former Quebec premier Jacques Parizeau, who died Monday night.
Aislin, the political satirist for the Montreal Gazette, shared a few of his favourite cartoons of the leader that he had drawn over the decades.
Parizeau was the finance minister for the Parti Québécois under René Levesque, before leaving the in the mid-1980s over his boss’s decision to shelve the sovereignty option. In this drawing, Aislin presents him with a coin dispenser.
In this drawing, Parizeau is compared to sightings of the singer Elvis because during the 1980s, after leaving the PQ, he disappeared from the political stage.
After Parizeau became leader of the PQ and won the 1994 provincial election, Aislin portrayed the then-premier as Jack the Ripper, because Parizeau was determined to “cut Quebec away from Canada.”
In this cartoon, Parizeau is seen trying to tame a lion (a recurring symbol in British coat of arms) who wears a top hat made from the American flag — according to Aislin, the drawing is a reference to how Parizeau had no qualms about telling people what they should do or think.
And finally, in the lead-up to Quebec’s 1995 sovereignty referendum, Parizeau is pictured as a deflating balloon, suggesting that he was becoming “quite the windbag!”