A custom of Quebecers is to give nicknames to their politicians (and some personalities), quite especially their Premiers. Many of those given to Premiers are affectionate or even express admiration, while others are insulting.
Jean Charest (2003 – 2012): Charest has gained numerous nicknames:
Patapouf or Patapouf Premier ("Patapouf the First").
The name was rumoured to be a nickname given by Charest's wife, something he denied. It first came to be used in the campaign Destituons Patapouf!, an operation of disgruntled citizens who spread a petition from 2003 to 2004 to have Charest recalled, not unlike California governor Gray Davis. Loco Locass (music group), in their song Libérez-nous des libéraux ("Free us from the liberals") used this nickname to refer to him. The word is an archetypal name for a clown in Quebec French (like Bozo). It is also a pejorative way to talk about someone fat, so it could refer to the fact that he gained some weight. Patapouf Premier is a sarcastic variant that paints Charest as a farcical, despotic monarch. Both are used mockingly.
Le Frisé ("Curly").
Referring to his famous curly hair. It is negative. A humorous, mocking song from irony rocker Mononc' Serge about the man is entitled "Le Frisé".
Le p'tit Saint-Jean-Baptiste ("Lil' Saint John the Baptist").
The Saint-Jean-Baptiste parades of first half of the 20th century usually featured a curly-haired boy representing Saint John the Baptist. It is therefore another mocking of Charest's hairstyle. This could also refer to Charest's birthdate, which is June 24, the feast of John the Baptist.
Always derogatory. P.E.T. were Trudeau's initials traditionally used in English Canada as alternative naming and pet is French for fart. Since Trudeau was in power for many of the same years as Lévesque, the two were sometimes referred to collectively as "Ti-Pet et Ti-Poil" by irreverent members of the population. These initials were also popularly used to parody the name of the nationalized oil/gas company PETRO Canada (founded during Trudeau's reign) which was rendered as: Pierre Elliot Trudeau ripping off Canada—probably of Albertan origin.
Brian Mulroney (Prime Minister of Canada from 1984 to 1993): Lyin' Brian; Le p'tit gars de Baie-Comeau ("Little Guy from Baie-Comeau"), "The chin that walks like a man" (a moniker given him by columnist Allan Fotheringham), and "Mini Trudeau" (a name given to him by René Lévesque for his similarities to Pierre Elliot Trudeau perceived by Quebec)
A common criticism towards Dumont is his relatively young age. Super Mario is both a comment on his youth (referring to the Nintendo video game series Super Mario Bros., popular amongst children) and an ironic glorification of his underdog popularity. Also, the rap group Loco Locass wrote a song called Super Mario in reference of Dumont. Since the election of 2007, when his party won 41 seats (they'd only won 5 as a result of the previous election), the nickname "Super Mario" isn't always pejorative.
Amir Khadir (leader and MNA of Québec solidaire): "Godasse Khadir" (in French slang, godasse means old shoe). Khadir was nicknamed Godasse after throwing a shoe on an effigy of George W. Bush in 2008, during a protest held in Montreal for journalist Muntadhar al-Zaidi, famous for throwing a pair of shoes at the U.S. President in Iraq.
Thomas Mulcair (Leader of the New Democratic Party) "Pinocchio". For his diametrically opposed views that he publicly states depending on the language and/or the province he delivers the message. A well known example is "Nous sommes contre Energy East, we're for Energy East".