Portfoolio 9: The Year's Best Canadian Editorial Cartoons
J.L. Granatstein is a history professor at York University and co-author
of the Dictionary of Canadian Military History and Shadows of War, Faces
of Peace: Canada’s Peacekeepers.
Canadians like to believe that their editorial cartoonists are the best
in the world—and it may even be so. This collection of the best
cartoons of 1992–93 certainly helps strengthen the case. Here we can
find comment on events great and trivial—from the troubles of Charles
and Di (“Séparation ou souveraineté-association?”) to Bosnian
massacres, and to the troubles of Canada’s constitution. “If you
don’t vote yes,” one brilliant comment on government tactics in the
referendum of October 1992 put it, “we’ll kill the dog.” The
caption scarcely needs the cartoon—a gun at the head of a soulful
mutt. Above all, Canadian cartoonists clearly will miss Brian Mulroney,
not least the brilliant Aislin of the Montreal Gazette, who had our
leader down cold. This is a superb collection.