Signatures Series: Interview with Jean Chrétien

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Jean Chrétien
The Right Honourable Jean Chrétien

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

The Right Honourable Jean Chrétien, former Prime Minister of Canada.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016, from 12:15 p.m. to 13:15 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 insights into parts of the collection, either because they have donated archives to LAC or are experts about it.

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Jean Chrétien

A lawyer by training, Jean Chrétien was elected for the first time to the House of Commons in 1963 as the Liberal Member of Parliament for Saint-Maurice–Laflèche, an electoral district that he represented continuously until 1986. During that time, he held several ministerial positions alongside prime ministers Lester B. Pearson, Pierre Elliott Trudeau and John Turner. He was elected leader of the Liberal Party of Canada on June 23, 1990. In 1993, he became Canada’s 20th prime minister, and he governed the country for 10 years.

Scope and content of the archival holding

Jean Chrétien’s archival holdings comprise the personal and political records that the former prime minister collected in his 40 years as a parliamentarian in the House of Commons of Canada. These archival holdings provide information on his activities as the Member of Parliament for Saint-Maurice–Laflèche; on his executive positions, including his tenures as the head of 10 federal departments; and of course, on his terms as Prime Minister of Canada from 1993 to 2003. These archives demonstrate the functioning of the Canadian state, give an overview of society in the last half of the 20th century, and reveal Canada’s history.

Overview of the scope and content of the archival holdings

  • Over 300 m of textual records
  • Over 500,000 black-and-white, colour and digital photographs
  • Over 1,292 hours of video recordings
  • Approximately 3,200 hours of sound recordings
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