Signatures Series: Interview with Bado (Guy Badeaux)

Signatures Series

Self-portrait of Bado
Self-portrait of Bado. Copyright ©Bado.

Guy Berthiaume, Librarian and Archivist of Canada, in conversation with:

Bado, cartoonist for Ottawa’s French newspaper Le Droit for the past 35 years

Tuesday, September 20, 2016, from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
395 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON

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The discussion will take place in French with simultaneous English translation.

Hosted by Dr. Guy Berthiaume, Librarian and Archivist of Canada, the Signatures Series features original interviews with individuals who provide insight into parts of the collection with which they are very familiar, either as experts or because they have donated archives to LAC.

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Formerly with The Gazette, Le Devoir, Jour Hebdo and the satirical magazine Croc, Guy Badeaux (Bado) has been cartoonist for Ottawa’s Le Droit since 1981. Winner of the National Newspaper Award in 1991, he is a member of the “Cartooning for Peace” group founded by Plantu, caricaturist at Le Monde. He is currently Treasurer of the Association of Canadian Cartoonists and of Rendez-vous de la BD in Gatineau, and has, since 2002, chaired the jury of the International Editorial Cartoon Competition, an annual contest organized by the Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom in Ottawa. Bado has published eleven collections of his cartoons.

Scope and content of the archival holdings

The collection consists of 2,522 social and political cartoons drawn by Guy Badeaux (Bado) and published in Le Droit between 1981 and 1996. His work covers socio-political issues of both federal and provincial import (mostly relating to Ontario and Quebec), as well as municipal (Ottawa, Gatineau, Hull, etc) matters. In them, the artist addresses themes such as free trade, federal-provincial and Canada-US relations, separatism, bilingualism, budgets, elections, Indigenous peoples and major scandals. Many politicians have been targets of his pen, including Ed Broadbent, Joe Clark, Brian Mulroney, Kim Campbell, Pierre Elliott Trudeau, John Turner, Stéphane Dion, Jean Charest, Robert Bourassa, René Lévesque, Jacques Parizeau, Claude Ryan, Don Mazankowski, Erik Neilsen, Michael Wilson and Bill Davis.

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