By Raymond N. Morris
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Extra info for The Carnivalization of Politics: Quebec Cartoons on Relations with Canada, England, and France, 1960-1979
As children in the carnival metaphor, they would kill their parents, destroy the rigid regime, and establish a new flexible society. Finally, the federalists occupy the special situation of the baby. They sit across the gutter and hide under grandmother's skirts. The baby has a special close attachment to her, but plays no significant part in family conflicts. Baby is too young to understand, less subject to social restrictions, and is thought amusing or cute when committing social indiscretions.
Finally, de Gaulle offers protection (in 3 of 3), while Johnson accepts it (in 3 of 3) for himself or the Queen. As head of the Quebec household, Daniel Johnson is shown as cunning and instrumental in welcoming de Gaulle. The crowd, in white, are the young, innocent children. 42. Carnivalization of Politics The most conspicuously carnivalesque theme in these cartoons is the reversal of power and respect between anglophones and francophones, which occurs at least seven times: the Queen is offered head-to-toe protection; the RCMP fears that it needs protection in Quebec; Prince Philip mutters obscenities in response to the Queen's imperiousness; confederation is a rickety house that would collapse if Quebec withdrew its support; Daniel Johnson is important enough to call President de Gaulle, but Lyndon Johnson is not.
The Quebec government continually sought to be an equal partner with Canada in diplomatic relations with French-language countries and to have the right to sign treaties for economic cooperation and cultural exchanges with other francophone nations. Ottawa strenuously resisted these encroachments and was reluctant to delegate its prerogatives to any province. But this cartoon takes the battle one stage beyond equality: to meet the security fears about the Queen's visit, the provincial premier appropriates the authority to give orders to the federal police.