Kenora MP Bob Nault had an exciting visit in Ottawa recently. Nault joined his colleagues and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to visit with former Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, as they celebrated the anniversary of Chrétien taking office.
“We were celebrating 25 years since his government came into office in 1993, a government that I was a part of and was very proud to serve under,” said Nault.
“Mr. Chrétien is such an enjoyable guy to be with. He’s very enthusiastic about politics and life, and he still has so much spunk. He’s a Canadian that we can all relate to.”
Nault adds that he still speaks with Chrétien on a regular basis, as Chrétien - a former northern Quebec MP – offers advice to politicians across the nation.
Chrétien was first elected to the House of Commons in 1963, and became the leader of the Liberal Party of Canada in 1990 – before being elected to a majority government in 1993. He was the first PM to win three consecutive majority governments since Sir Wilfred Laurier, winning in 1993, 1997 and 2000.
“It was a great time to reminisce about the past and how they still affect decisions today,” added Nault. “He likes to tease about how the banks wanted to merge together in Canada, and he said no, and shortly after the banks in North America underwent a crisis – and our banks were strong and solid. We still hear about that one today.”
Chrétien also celebrated the release of his new book, which Nault says he stocked up on for Christmas presents. Chrétien’s My Stories, My Times offers a behind-the-scenes look at his lengthy political career.
Chrétien retired from politics in 2003, after resigning party leadership to Paul Martin.