Some 300 people gathered on May 18 to hear former Prime Minister Jean Chrétien speak as the third guest in Library and Archives Canada’s (LAC’s) Signatures Series. The series features interviews with individuals about the archives they have donated to LAC.
In an hour-long interview that seemed to go by in a flash, Mr. Chrétien spoke candidly about the major milestones of a political career that spanned almost forty years, and his role as prime minister, on files such as the Ottawa Convention to ban landmines, the Kyoto Protocol and the Iraq War. The interviewer, Dr. Guy Berthiaume, Librarian and Archivist of Canada, also invited him to discuss his dealings with leaders from many other countries. In his usual style, Mr. Chrétien shared stories and anecdotes about American presidents Clinton and Bush, as well as Nelson Mandela, Jacques Chirac and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
As with every Signatures Series event, the audience also had the opportunity to view documents from the guest’s archival fonds.
A video of the interview will be posted on the LAC website in the coming weeks. The Signatures Series will take a break over the summer and will be back on September 20, when the guest speaker will be cartoonist Bado.
Photos of the event