A Canadian Election Primer
Canada faces a federal election on 2006 January 23. To fully appreciate the various issues facing the electorate, it is perhaps useful to consider these issues in the context of Canadian history. Almost 120 years ago, J.W. Bengough published A Caricature History of Canadian Politics. Many aspects of this work remain relevant. The faces change. The details change. But the underlying issues carry on.
A small collection of cartoons from Bengough's book are presented here. The commentary about each cartoon is his and reflects the situation 120 years ago. In the interests of political neutrality, I have resisted the temptation to include any personal comments.
The cartoons are indexed by issue below, or they can be browsed sequentially.