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Jean Chrtiens greatest asset as Canadas twentieth prime minister is his long years of experience in Parliament and Cabinet In government or in opposition he has served with six prime ministers held twelve ministerial positions and sat in Parliament for a total of twenty-seven years When it comes to the game of politics no one knows better the players and the strategies The eighteenth child of a paper mill machinist Joseph Jacques Jean Chrtien was born in Shawinigan Quebec in 1934 sharing with Canadas first prime minister Sir John A Macdonald the same birthday of January 11 Although his academic achievements were modest Chrtiens parents were determined to give him good education and he was sent to the classical college in Trois-Rivires After graduating he attended Laval University where he studied law He was called to the Bar in 1958 and set up his law practice in the working-class district of Shawinigan North Chrtien had demonstrated an interest in politics from a young age His father was a Liberal organizer and by the age of fifteen Chrtien was helping to distribute pamphlets and attending political rallies At Laval he joined the campus Liberal Club Quebec Liberals were an endangered species in the 1950s the Union Nationale had dominated Quebec politics for more than a decade and in 1957 the Conservatives won federally Nevertheless Chrtien persevered campaigning for Liberal candidates in both provincial and federal elections By 1960 he was principal organizer for Jean Lesage leader of the provincial Liberal party in the election that made him Quebec Premier that year In 1963 Chrtien was asked to run as the Liberal candidate for St-Maurice-Laflche in the federal election The incumbent was a Crditiste who had won the previous election with a margin of 10 000 votes nine months earlier In a hard-fought campaign Chrtien won by 2000 votesChrtien spent his first two years in Ottawa as a backbencher improving his English By 1965 his enthusiasm and
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