Joseph Jacques Jean CHRÉTIEN

CHRÉTIEN, The Right Hon. Joseph Jacques Jean, P.C., C.C., O.M., Q.C., B.A., LL.L., LL.D

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Saint-Maurice (Quebec)
Birth Date
January 11, 1934
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean_Chrétien
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=2aa8c3e9-f46e-4c78-b9ff-04bec0ed5050&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
lawyer

Parliamentary Career

April 8, 1963 - September 8, 1965
LIB
  Saint-Maurice--Laflèche (Quebec)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister (July 16, 1965 - September 8, 1965)
November 8, 1965 - April 23, 1968
LIB
  Saint-Maurice--Laflèche (Quebec)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance (January 7, 1966 - April 3, 1967)
  • Minister Without Portfolio (April 4, 1967 - January 17, 1968)
  • Minister of National Revenue (January 18, 1968 - April 19, 1968)
  • Minister of National Revenue (April 20, 1968 - July 5, 1968)
June 25, 1968 - September 1, 1972
LIB
  Saint-Maurice (Quebec)
  • Minister of National Revenue (April 20, 1968 - July 5, 1968)
  • Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development (July 6, 1968 - August 7, 1974)
October 30, 1972 - May 9, 1974
LIB
  Saint-Maurice (Quebec)
  • Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development (July 6, 1968 - August 7, 1974)
July 8, 1974 - March 26, 1979
LIB
  Saint-Maurice (Quebec)
  • Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development (July 6, 1968 - August 7, 1974)
  • President of the Treasury Board (August 8, 1974 - September 13, 1976)
  • Minister of Industry, Trade and Commerce (September 14, 1976 - September 15, 1977)
  • Minister of Finance (September 16, 1977 - June 3, 1979)
May 22, 1979 - December 14, 1979
LIB
  Saint-Maurice (Quebec)
  • Minister of Finance (September 16, 1977 - June 3, 1979)
February 18, 1980 - July 9, 1984
LIB
  Saint-Maurice (Quebec)
  • Minister of State for Social Development (March 3, 1980 - September 9, 1982)
  • Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada (March 3, 1980 - September 9, 1982)
  • Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources (September 10, 1982 - June 29, 1984)
  • Secretary of State for External Affairs (June 30, 1984 - September 16, 1984)
  • Minister responsible for La Francophonie (June 30, 1984 - September 16, 1984)
  • Deputy Prime Minister (June 30, 1984 - September 16, 1984)
September 4, 1984 - February 27, 1986
LIB
  Saint-Maurice (Quebec)
  • Secretary of State for External Affairs (June 30, 1984 - September 16, 1984)
  • Minister responsible for La Francophonie (June 30, 1984 - September 16, 1984)
  • Deputy Prime Minister (June 30, 1984 - September 16, 1984)
December 10, 1990 - September 8, 1993
LIB
  Beauséjour (New Brunswick)
  • Leader of the Official Opposition (December 21, 1990 - October 24, 1993)
October 25, 1993 - April 27, 1997
LIB
  Saint-Maurice (Quebec)
  • Prime Minister (November 4, 1993 - December 11, 2003)
June 2, 1997 - October 22, 2000
LIB
  Saint-Maurice (Quebec)
  • Prime Minister (November 4, 1993 - December 11, 2003)
November 27, 2000 - December 12, 2003
LIB
  Saint-Maurice (Quebec)
  • Prime Minister (November 4, 1993 - December 11, 2003)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 2854)


November 6, 2003

Right Hon. Jean Chrétien (Prime Minister, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I think everyone knows that Canadians have collectively rolled up their sleeves and succeeded in eliminating the deficit. That is why today, for example, instead of mortgage rates of 11.5%, people with low incomes are paying only 6%.

That is why there is so much construction, which creates jobs, thereby reducing unemployment. I believe we have always been concerned with ensuring that the weakest members of society have access to work and the self-respect that goes with it.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Employment Insurance
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November 6, 2003

Right Hon. Jean Chrétien (Prime Minister, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I said yesterday that this deportation was done by the American government and we were not involved.

One official said that they had received advice from the Canadian government. The Minister of Foreign Affairs asked his counterpart who had said so to reveal the name and the information they have about the so-called Canadian participation. We are not to start an inquiry in Canada about something that has been done in the United States, having no facts to justify an inquiry.

If things come from the Americans that demand that we look further, of course we will look at what can be done. Accordingly, at this moment--

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Foreign Affairs
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November 6, 2003

Right Hon. Jean Chrétien (Prime Minister, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, first, I think that the hon. member ought to recognize that the government and the Canadian economy have created 3 million jobs in recent years. This is a considerable contribution to those who, unfortunately, find themselves facing unemployment.

The unemployed receive benefits, which is why the minister said, “When they are unemployed, they unfortunately do not pay into the fund”. When they are working, however, they do.

I think that anyone would have understood the Minister of Finance very well if they had listened carefully.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Employment Insurance
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November 6, 2003

Right Hon. Jean Chrétien (Prime Minister, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I like to be nice. It is not that I do not want to be nice.

I know one thing, when we have inquiries of this nature a lot of expenditures are incurred. If there is no Canadian, it cannot be justified. He cannot name one person on the Canadian side who is responsible for anything. We checked with all the departments. We could not find anything. The only accusation came by a statement from the secretary of state of the United States who said that Canadians were involved. It is in my judgment his responsibility to say so.

If there was no Canadian involved, this is not the time to have a fishing expedition.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Foreign Affairs
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November 6, 2003

Right Hon. Jean Chrétien (Prime Minister, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I want to thank the hon. member for the question. I know of his very deep commitment on the issue.

I am pleased to inform him and the House that this afternoon the Minister of Foreign Affairs will sign Canada's instrument of ratification for the UN convention on the law of the sea. The instrument will be deposited with the secretary general of the United Nations soon after.

This is great news for all Canadians. By ratifying, Canada gains a voice in an international institution set up by the convention and will be able to advance our commitment to improving the conservation of fisheries on the high seas.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Fisheries and Oceans
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