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November 28, 2000 | MAGGIE FARLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Voters returned Prime Minister Jean Chretien to a historic third term Monday as leader of a majority government in Canada's national election. The question for voters was never really whether Chretien would stay in office. Rather, it was how easy they would make it for him.
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February 6, 2001 | ROBIN WRIGHT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In his first official foray into foreign policy, President Bush held talks with Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien at the White House on Monday in a meeting that was largely a get-acquainted session. But the working dinner with the leader of America's neighbor and largest trading partner underscored the widening gap between the new administration and its closest ally on key economic and defense issues, from drilling for oil in the Arctic to a national missile shield.
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NEWS
October 22, 1993 | MARY WILLIAMS WALSH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With Canadians going to the polls on Monday, little doubt remains about the identity of this country's next prime minister. It will almost certainly be Jean Chretien, 59, a French-speaking member of Parliament and the Liberal Party leader, a strong federalist who held prominent Cabinet portfolios in the late-1960s-through-early-1980s governments of Pierre Elliott Trudeau.
NEWS
November 28, 2000 | MAGGIE FARLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Voters returned Prime Minister Jean Chretien to a historic third term Monday as leader of a majority government in Canada's national election. The question for voters was never really whether Chretien would stay in office. Rather, it was how easy they would make it for him.
NEWS
October 22, 1994 | CRAIG TURNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nearly a year after taking office and with his popularity at an all-time high, Prime Minister Jean Chretien is making his first moves toward attacking Canada's mountainous public debt, among the largest in the industrialized world. In two days of hearings before a parliamentary committee this week, Finance Minister Paul Martin set deficit-cutting as the government's top fiscal priority.
NEWS
October 23, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Prime Minister Jean Chretien set national elections for Nov. 27, gambling that a big budget surplus and the emotional outpouring over Pierre Elliott Trudeau's death will help bring him a third straight term. Chretien, 66, had until mid-2002 to hold the vote. His governing Liberal Party opted to call the elections to take advantage of an economic boom and strong poll ratings. Chretien's announcement came less than three weeks after the funeral in Montreal of Trudeau.
BUSINESS
November 3, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Canadian Leader to Head Trade Mission to China: Prime Minister Jean Chretien will lead his nation's largest-ever trade delegation to China on Friday in search of billions of dollars worth of business and a market for Canadian nuclear reactors. But the delegation of about 250 members--scheduled to visit Beijing and Shanghai over five days--has come under fire from human rights groups that say the Liberal government has sacrificed principle in the pursuit of commercial gain.
NEWS
January 26, 1996 | From Times Wire Reports
Aiming to weaken a separatist drive in Quebec, Prime Minister Jean Chretien named two Quebeckers to his Cabinet in the first ministerial shake-up of his term. Chretien changed 17 positions among 24 ministers, and the Cabinet now has six ministers from Quebec. Chretien has been widely criticized for not doing more to prevent a breakup of Canada. In October, federalists defeated a separatist referendum in Quebec by 50.6% to 49.4%.
NEWS
November 5, 1993 | From Times Wire Services
Liberal Party leader Jean Chretien took office as Canada's 20th prime minister Thursday and immediately set to work on economic problems that drove the Conservatives from power. He scheduled his first Cabinet meeting hours after being sworn in by Governor General Ramon John Hnatyshyn and hinted that one of his first tasks will be renegotiating terms of a North American free trade zone. He also canceled contracts for British-Italian military helicopters worth $4.8 billion Canadian ($3.
NEWS
May 7, 1996 | Associated Press
Prime Minister Jean Chretien was charged with assault Monday for manhandling a protester in February, but Quebec's justice minister swiftly quashed the charge. For a brief interval during the afternoon, Canada had a serving prime minister facing a criminal charge for the first time this century. But Quebec Justice Minister Paul Begin announced at a news conference that he would not let the case proceed.
NEWS
November 26, 2000 | MAGGIE FARLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With a strong economy and weak opposition, Prime Minister Jean Chretien's main opponent in Canada's federal election Monday is himself. But it's a race that he still might lose. Chretien, a brusque 66-year-old Liberal, hopes to head his third majority government since he became prime minister in 1993. But his lead has narrowed harrowingly since the beginning of the campaign five weeks ago, from a comfortable 32 percentage points to only 16.
NEWS
October 23, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Prime Minister Jean Chretien set national elections for Nov. 27, gambling that a big budget surplus and the emotional outpouring over Pierre Elliott Trudeau's death will help bring him a third straight term. Chretien, 66, had until mid-2002 to hold the vote. His governing Liberal Party opted to call the elections to take advantage of an economic boom and strong poll ratings. Chretien's announcement came less than three weeks after the funeral in Montreal of Trudeau.
NEWS
April 29, 1998 | From Reuters
Fidel Castro on Tuesday rebuffed an appeal for political changes and prisoner releases made by Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien during a groundbreaking visit to Cuba. Immediately after seeing Chretien off at the airport, Castro declared: "We are not going to change. We are going to continue defending our cause and our socialism." The Cuban leader made it clear to reporters that he will not bend to pressure for reforms.
NEWS
April 28, 1998 | Associated Press
Canada's prime minister discussed human rights with Fidel Castro on Monday, giving the Cuban president a list of four dissidents Canada would like to see freed. But Jean Chretien declined a direct meeting with other prominent dissidents, sending aides to meet them instead. Chretien, one of the most important Western visitors to Cuba in years, said he dedicated about a third of his 2 1/2-hour meeting with Castro to rights issues.
NEWS
June 3, 1997 | CRAIG TURNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien was reelected Monday with a reduced majority in Parliament after an election campaign that deepened the regional animosities pulling this country. Late returns showed Chretien's centrist Liberal Party, running on its economic record, winning 155 of the 301 seats in the House of Commons by piling up votes in central Canada, particularly the populous province of Ontario.
NEWS
April 28, 1997 | CRAIG TURNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Encouraged by a generally upbeat economy and an opposition fractured along regional and ideological lines, Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien on Sunday called an early national election for June 2, more than a year before his term expires. Chretien said he is calling for a vote now because he has accomplished a principal goal of his first term--reducing Canada's deficit, which was among the highest in the industrialized world when he entered office but is now nearing zero.
NEWS
April 28, 1998 | Associated Press
Canada's prime minister discussed human rights with Fidel Castro on Monday, giving the Cuban president a list of four dissidents Canada would like to see freed. But Jean Chretien declined a direct meeting with other prominent dissidents, sending aides to meet them instead. Chretien, one of the most important Western visitors to Cuba in years, said he dedicated about a third of his 2 1/2-hour meeting with Castro to rights issues.
NEWS
July 6, 1996 | CRAIG TURNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As thousands of AIDS researchers and activists from more than 100 countries headed toward Vancouver for this weekend's 11th International AIDS Conference, controversy erupted Friday over the Canadian government's commitment to fighting the epidemic. A wide spectrum of Canadian AIDS research and activist groups launched a nationwide publicity blitz to protest the government's decision not to renew $31 million in annual funding for Canada's principal AIDS program after 1998.
NEWS
June 29, 1996 | CRAIG TURNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A convenience store clerk who said "voices" told him to break into the official residence of Prime Minister Jean Chretien to slash Chretien's throat and become a hero to Quebec's separatists was mentally deluded and not criminally responsible for the break-in, a judge ruled Friday in an Ottawa court.
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