Jean Chrétien in Charlottetown on Saturday

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Former prime minister Jean Chretien greets Cardigan MP Lawrence MacAulay during a fundraising dinner for the Island MP in Fort Augustus in this Guardian file photo. Guardian photo by Nigel Armstrong

A colourful and sometimes controversial former prime minister is coming to Prince Edward Island to raise money for Premier Robert Ghiz’s Liberal party.

Jean Chrétien will be the guest at the Liberal party’s 34th Annual Fall fund-raising dinner being held on Saturday, Nov. 10 in Charlottetown.

Before becoming Canada’s 20th prime minister, Chrétien had an active political career, holding a dozen ministerial portfolios in every federal Liberal Cabinet from 1965 until his retirement from political life.

As justice minister, he was instrumental in repatriating the Constitution and adopting the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. As Prime Minister, he led the Liberal Party during three consecutive majority governments that stressed balanced budgets, national unity and Canada's place in the world.

“During his years in public office and since, Mr. Chretien was and remains a great friend and supporter of Atlantic Canadians and Islanders in particular and I know I speak for Premier Robert Ghiz, and all Liberals, in saying how excited we are to have Prime Minister Chretien as our guest speaker at our annual Fall Dinner”, says Liberal Party President Ewan Clark.

“Never short of keen insight and great wit, I have little doubt that Islanders will be treated to an entertaining evening as Mr. Chrétien offers his perspective and takes us through a life in politics.”

Tickets can be purchased by contacting the P.E.I. Liberal Party office at (902) 368-3449 or by email at




Organizations: Liberal Party, Liberal Cabinet, Rights

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Canada, Prince Edward Island

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  • don
    November 09, 2012 - 06:23

    Jean Chrétien maybe you can talk to this useless pei government who has made PEI a joke and try to help us get out of the hole a member of your party.that come next election will be in 5th place

  • billmacinnis
    November 08, 2012 - 11:52

    one corrupt liberal meeting an other corrupt liberal. Veterans won't forget how you treated them Mr. cretian or the sponsership scandles. Paul Martin and John Turner also stabbed in the back by Cretian. Does anyone remember the Zombies in Quebec during the wars Canada fought in? Don't be fooled Iraq had weapons of mass destruction Sadam had ten years to hid them under ground.

  • Pie on his Face
    November 07, 2012 - 18:54

    I wonder if Mr. Chretien will be expecting to get pied when he sees the protest outside of this event. There is nothing "liberal" about the Liberal Party of Prince Edward Island. George Coles would be spinning in his grave.

  • to Sylvia
    November 07, 2012 - 18:27

    I take it you mean old politicians of all parties Sylvia? There are some that would not pass the smell test from every party imo.

  • local wag
    November 07, 2012 - 17:52

    Ah the Little Guy is coming back for another rendezvous with a creamy PEI delicacy!

  • Lloyd
    November 07, 2012 - 15:03

    2 great leaders geting together to discuss how to ruin a province and country. I hope they have a wonderful session. HAHAHAHA

  • alfredd
    November 07, 2012 - 11:27

    This is the man whose arrogance and crookedness (remember the add scam) killed the liberal party of Canada, --fitting he is coming to see his apprentist, Robbie boy, who has learned well at Chretien's knee, and is now the process of killing the Liberal Party of PEI in the same way. Good riddens to both.

  • John H Bernard
    November 07, 2012 - 11:23

    I hope if talks to Ghizz about balanced budgets and wrongfully spending

    November 07, 2012 - 10:45

    Jean Chretien the best Prime Minister and friend Canada ever had.Thank you for keeping us out of the Iraq war and that ongoing search for the weapons of mass destruction.Great picture Nigel Armstrong.

    • Garth Staples
      November 08, 2012 - 07:50

      I am amazed that AMAZED didn't sign his/her name when holding such a biased conviction.

  • Picture
    November 07, 2012 - 10:33

    Great picture, Nigel, you're a talented artist in more ways than one, [remember "Dolly"?]

  • Rob McEachern
    November 07, 2012 - 09:55

    Does Mr. Chretien have any idea of the shambles which Ghiz has made of the party, public accountability and racking up the highest debt in PEI history.............While the Liberals may be refreshing themselves nationally, the local party are a bunch of self serving pigs at the trough like old pots and pans from China Casey family. PEI liberals are doomed. To much corruption and deceit. But welcome to PEI Mr. Chretien, thanks eh.

  • Closet Skelleton
    November 07, 2012 - 09:21

    How fitting the man who asked his Finance Minister to develop a New Veterans Charter to reduce cost to the Federal Government by reducing benefits to Veterans as they prepared to sign off on the Combat Mission for Afghanistan is here the day before Rememberance Day? Thanks Jean, enjoy the meat. I hear it is tender.

  • Welcome
    November 07, 2012 - 09:19

    to PEI Jean Chretian!

  • Sylvia
    November 07, 2012 - 09:16

    Steady my heart. Old politicians never die, they just smell that way.