|Here is the link to the interview.|
When Terry Mosher first started drawing political cartoons, Canada was celebrating its 100th anniversary and on the cusp of "Trudeau-mania," which would see Pierre Elliot Trudeau become prime minister.
Now, as Canada marks its 150th with Justin Trudeau at the helm, Mosher — better known by his pen name Aislin — is still rifling the feathers of the country's elites.
The Montreal cartoonist's storied career is being honoured in Montreal at McCord Museum's retrospective show, Aislin: 50 Years of Cartoons, and also in his newest book, Trudeau to Trudeau: Aislin 50 Years of Cartooning.
The cartoonist cut his teeth covering the heydey of Quebec separatism, but admits the political landscape has changed significantly since then.
"It's quietening down here, there's no question about," he said. "It's a good thing, I think, for people, finally realizing that Quebec is a pretty good place and it's run pretty much by Quebecers now. And so there's not that old anger ... about the English. It's changed. Younger people are kind of fed up with this; they'd rather be on the internet."
|During a state visit to Canada, Prince Philip had filled in for the Queen at a speaking engagement.|
In 1973, he sparked international outrage when he depicted Queen Elizabeth with little pig feet, propping up a puppet-like Prince Philip on her lap.
"Nobody had ever drawn even a critical cartoon of the Queen in the English-language media up until that point," he said. "It was just, it was forbidden. So the Monarchist League went nuts about that one."
|Pierre Trudeau is shown tripping Brian Mulroney in the snow.|
In 1993, he depicted former prime minister Brian Mulroney face down in the snow and became the first artist to have his work denounced in the House of Commons.
Bob Layton, father of late NDP leader Jack Layton and then the PC member for Lachine, Que., stood up in the House and called Mosher's cartoon "a crime against fundamental Canadian values of decency and mutual respect."
"What a great country, huh?"