A Canadian Election Primer

The details change. The characters change. But the issues remain the same.

A Touching Appeal

On the accession of Mr. Mackenzie's Government a large deficit in the treasury was discovered. Mr. (and now Sir Richard) Cartwright, Finance Minister, in his budget speech, attributed this to the extravagance and corruption of the preceding Administration. A new tariff was issued, in which the duties on various articles were raised considerably.

J.W. Bengough cartoon: A Touching Appeal

A Touching Appeal.
("Touching" The secret of increased taxation.)
Young Canada -- "Say, Uncle John, won't you give me a 'deficit'? Ma says you gave the Grits one."

Published in the Grip, April 18th, 1874.