Former prime minister Jean Chretien greets Cardigan MP Lawrence MacAulay during a fundraising dinner for the Island MP Friday in Fort Augustus. 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 email@example.com