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Introduction
Alone at the Top
The Path to Power
Leading Canada
Private Life
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Joseph Jacques Jean Chrétien.

Quick Facts

1934 -    

Term(s) of Office: November 4, 1993 - December 12, 2003

Born

  • January 11, 1934, Shawinigan, Quebec

Education

  • St. Joseph Seminary, Trois-Rivières, B.A. 1955
  • Laval University, LL.L. 1958

Personal Life

  • Married 1957, Aline Chainé (b. 1936)
  • One daughter, two sons

Occupations

  • Lawyer (called to the Quebec Bar in 1958)
  • 1962 - 1963 Director, Bar of Trois-Rivières
  • 1986 - 1990 Lawyer
  • Author

Political Party

  • Liberal
  • 1990 - 2003 Party Leader

Constituencies

  • 1963 - 1968 St-Maurice-Laflèche, Quebec
  • 1968 - 1986 St-Maurice, Quebec
  • 1990 - 1993 Beauséjour, New Brunswick
  • 1993 - 2003, St-Maurice, Quebec

Other Ministries

  • 1967 - 1968 Minister Without Portfolio
  • 1968 National Revenue
  • 1968 - 1974 Indian Affairs and Northern Development
  • 1974 - 1976 President of the Treasury Board
  • 1976 - 1977 Industry, Trade and Commerce
  • 1977 - 1979 Finance
  • 1980 - 1982 Justice and Attorney General of Canada, Minister of State (Social Development) and Minister responsible for constitutional negotiations
  • 1982 - 1984 Energy, Mines and Resources
  • 1984 Deputy Prime Minister and Secretary of State for External Affairs

Political Record

  • Creation of ten national parks 1968 - 1972
  • White Paper on Indian policy 1969
  • Berger Commission 1972
  • Entrenched the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms into the Constitution Act 1982
  • Appointed Bertha Wilson first woman justice of the Supreme Court of Canada 1982
  • Leader of the Opposition 1990 - 1993

Source: Canada's Prime Ministers, 1867 - 1994. [Ottawa]: National Archives of Canada, c1994. 20 p.

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