If unscrupulous people used that program or any other opportunity to line their own pockets ... they should be found out and put in jailChretien defends national unity program Feb 08, 2005
I feel that while the prime minister-to-be will be forming his Cabinet, I will do this part of the job and so that on the 12th he can be the prime minister. I offer him my best wishes and good luck and I will observe from the sidelineChretien to hand over power on Dec. 12 Nov 18, 2003
This government felt we should send a signal that we are continuing with the investments in passenger rail and that we are dedicated to a faster productCanada to pump $475 million into rail Oct 24, 2003
Don't start to smoke it right away -- we're not legalizing it, we're decriminalizing itCommentary: Canada revisiting marijuana Apr 30, 2003
We will soon introduce legislation to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuanaCommentary: Canada revisiting marijuana Apr 30, 2003
Joseph Jacques Jean Chrétien PC OM CC QC (born January 11, 1934), known commonly as Jean Chrétien (French pronunciation: ) is a former Canadian politician who was the 20th Prime Minister of Canada. He served in the position for over ten years, from November 4, 1993 to December 12, 2003.
Born and raised in Shawinigan, Quebec, Chrétien is a law graduate from Université Laval. He was first elected to the Canadian House of Commons in 1963. He served in various cabinet posts under prime minister Pierre Trudeau, most prominently as Minister of Justice, Minister of Finance, and Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development. He also served as deputy prime minister in John Turner's short-lived government. He became leader of the Liberal Party of Canada in 1990, and led the party to a majority government in the 1993 federal election. He was re-elected with further majorities in 1997 and 2000.
Chrétien was strongly opposed to the Quebec sovereignty movement and supported official bilingualism and multiculturalism. He won a narrow victory as leader of the federalist camp in the 1995 Quebec Referendum, and then pioneered the Clarity Act to avoid ambiguity in future referendum questions. He also advanced the Youth Criminal Justice Act in Parliament. Although his popularity and that of the Liberal Party were seemingly unchallenged for three consecutive federal elections, he became subject to various political controversies in the later years of his premiership. He was accused of inappropriate behaviour in the Sponsorship Scandal, although he has consistently denied any wrongdoing. He also became embroiled in a protracted inner-party struggle against long-time political rival Paul Martin. He resigned as prime minister in December 2003, and left public life.