I tuned into the final period of yesterday's game 6 of the NHL playoffs. My wife and I couldn't decide which challenge was more exciting, the Edmonton Oilers bringing the Stanley Cup back to Canada, or the guy from Holmes on Homes
doing a proper installation of a sauna on HGTV. We flicked the channel back and forth for a half hour watching each breathtaking outcome. Thank goodness we could celebrate the satisfaction of a job well done by the guy in the overalls.
Yesterday was one of those days when a cartoonist considers drawing on something that everyone will be talking about the following morning. I weighed the merits of cartooning on the Stanley Cup outcome, or the sentencing of Adscam fraudster Chuck Guite. Do I draw a generic hockey cartoon to accompany the mood of newspaper readers post game, or do I do something on the sentencing of someone involved in a scandal that has been talked to death?
I chose the boring subject. I think it represented the final chapter of a saga that's been going on for close to 3 years. While the names Chuck Guite and Carolina Hurricanes will quickly fade from our collective memories, the impact of the Sponsorship scandal will be with Canada forever. It has set the course for greater accountability in Ottawa, and it has tarnished the image of the Liberal Party at the expense of improving the fortunes of the Conservative party. Students of future history classes will have the Sponsorship Scandal added to their course outline of other notable Canadian low points, including: The Pacific Scandal of 1872, the 1925 King-Byng Affair, and the Gerda Munsinger scandal during the Diefenbaker years, to name a few.
Coming soon, "What to draw, Part II: The summer doldrums".
Posted at 08:42 am by Graeme_MacKay
June 20, 2006 02:22 PM PDT
Ummm..actually...I think it was game 7 of the Stanley Cup playoffs, not game 6.
Better stick to watching documentaries.
June 20, 2006 10:48 PM PDT
Well, excuse me. It's old news now, nobody cares.
December 5, 2008 07:14 PM PST
Any chance you could do a political cartoon of the munsinger affair ?
i have to do a progect on canadian political scandals and im doing the munsinger affair and i need a cartoon for it
thanks (great cartoons by the way)
March 31, 2009 03:08 AM PDT
lol i need one too can u make one
|George Jefferson |
June 8, 2011 08:34 AM PDT
Its a pretty good cartoon and I don't know why WLM is such whiner, hes complaining about nothing, who cares when they won the Stanley cup? Like Graeme said its old news, nobody cares