Signatures Series: Interview with Raymond Chrétien

Signatures Series

Raymond Chrétien

Raymond Chrétien

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

Raymond Chrétien, lawyer, diplomat and former Canadian ambassador

Tuesday, May 16, 2017, from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
395 Wellington Street
Ottawa, Ontario

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

Hosted by Guy Berthiaume, Librarian and Archivist of Canada, the Signatures Series features original interviews with individuals who provide insights into parts of the collection, either because they have donated archives to LAC or are experts about it.


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Raymond Chrétien was born in Shawinigan, Québec. In 1966, he joined the Legal Affairs Bureau of the Department of External Affairs. Over the course of his career, he had key assignments outside of Canada including serving as the Canadian Ambassador to France, the United States, Belgium, Mexico, and the Congo. He also held important positions in Ottawa, including serving as Associate Under-Secretary of State for External Affairs. He retired from the federal public service at the beginning of 2004 after almost 38 years of service. Mr. Chrétien is presently a Partner and Strategic Advisor at Fasken Martineau, an international law firm. In October 2016, He was assigned with representing the Province of Quebec in the negotiations underway between Canada and the United States with respect to the softwood lumber trade.

Scope and content

Raymond Chrétien’s archival holdings consists of records documenting his life and career as a senior public servant and diplomat. These holdings include records related to his various positions over the course of his long career with the federal government, including postings he held both in Canada and outside the country as well as records documenting his personal and family life.


  • 4.2 m of textual records
  • 1297 photographs : 64 b&w and 1233 color
  • 6 postcards
  • 3 pins
  • 41 video cassettes (27h, 56 min., 43 sec.)
  • 10 audio cassettes (5h, 57 min.)
  • 4 DVD (1h, 26 min., 46 sec.) (ca. 300 photographs): digital photo slideshow
  • 1 CD (110 photographs)
  • 1 flag
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