Jean Charest


Charest Rules Out Tory Leadership Run

Jean Charest has ended speculation that he might be a candidate to replace outgoing Conservative leader Stephen Harper. "I will not be a candidate to succeed Mr. Harper. I am very happy with my new l...

He's Finished With Politics

Former Quebec Premier Jean Charest says he wants to put an end to any speculation that he might return to political life — on either a provincial or federal level. “There is no one who sees me return...

Mulroney, Charest Talk Senate Abolition

MONTREAL - A former prime minister and an ex-Quebec premier say they don't think the Senate expenses scandal is a good enough reason to get rid of the upper chamber.Senate abolition and reform was jus...

Charest: I Didn't Take Lobbyist's Cash

SAINT-FELICIEN, Que. - Jean Charest has denied ever receiving a $3,000 cheque from a lobbyist when he was premier, Liberal Leader Philippe Couillard said Wednesday.Charest's name has surfaced for the...

Canada-Europe Trade Agreement: Do it Now

Over five years ago, I proposed to then European Union (EU) Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson, that Europe and Canada enter into negotiations for the creation of a broad economic partnership between Canada and the EU. This agreement could break new ground by providing provisions, even if modest, in terms of labour mobility.

Quebec Liberals Set To Choose New Leader

CP UPDATE: Philippe Couillard chosen to replace Jean Charest as Quebec Liberal leader. MONTREAL - Quebec Liberals are getting set to choose their new leader at a convention today in Montreal.Former p...

Quebec Liberals Say Goodbye To Charest

MONTREAL - Former Quebec premier Jean Charest took a final bow on the political stage on Saturday by making a passionate plea for national unity and reminding Canadians how important the province is t...

Will Montreal Students Live Happily Ever After?

After the second protest in the last two weeks following a provincial summit on higher education, everything about Montreal's current spring weather seemed to have year-old Maple Spring undertones to it, including violence, arrests and injuries. The plight of student debt, post graduation underemployment, and rising housing costs are all unarguably quite legitimate burdens faced by my generation. Will free tuition as demanded by the Association pour une solidarité syndicale étudiante (ASSÉ) and its followers solve these zeitgeist conundrums? Unlikely.

Charest Gets A New Job

MONTREAL - Jean Charest, who made the Quebec economy his priority during his nine years as premier, settled into a new career Thursday specializing in business law.Charest, who last worked as a lawyer...
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Watching the Watchdog: Don't Mess With Mesley

You wouldn't ever want to answer your front door to find Wendy Mesley holding a microphone there -- right next to a CBC camera flashing its little red light. Last Sunday, some of the old pre-perky Mesley came back. The following is the last part of of Mesley's interview with Jacques Duchesneau, the former Montreal police chief.

PQ Bringing Home The Budget

QUEBEC - The new Parti Quebecois government is promising to pick a fight with Ottawa over federal payments, arguing the province is on track to be shortchanged by $15 billion.In tabling its budget Tue...

Livin' La Legal Loca?

QUEBEC - It may not have been his number one job choice, but former Quebec premier Jean Charest has decided to return to practising law.Sources tell The Canadian Press that Charest will likely accept...

You Can So Teach an Old (Liberal) Dog New Tricks

Why is it that some in the Liberal Party of Canada are using the disturbing and polarizing language of ageism? It has become open season on the "old guard". Older people seem to be framed as out of touch and constitutionally unable to cope with change. Of course, fresh thinking and new energy is indeed vital to any organization. However, "fresh" doesn't necessarily mean young. To me, "new" and "fresh" has nothing to do with age and everything to do with mindset, values and sincerity of purpose.

Politics and Violence: A Familiar Mix for Canada

"Never, never will I accept that Quebec is associated with violence," Quebec Premier-elect Pauline Marois declared in the wake of the recent election night shooting.Mme. Marois is not alone. Across the country, elected officials and pundits of all political stripes tell us that Canada is a "peaceable kingdom." The reality is quite different and it is a subject which we have been reluctant to even broach, let alone discuss.

Québeckers Don't Want Separation, We Want Better

If ever it really did look like Québec was coming close to separation, I'd move back in a flash. There'd be no way I'd let the province secede and me be without my home and the Péquistes without the thorn of me in their side. I'd also be there because I like what Québeckers are demanding. But separation isn't going to happen. Québeckers want a better society, a better representation of their views. We could do worse than look for an example to a territory that, using whatever tools circumstances have placed in its reach, demands the change that elections can bring.

Pauline Marois Is More Quebec's Prisoner Than its Leader

The brilliance of the result of the Quebec election is in the rejection of the government without any real endorsement of the Parti Quebecois or its program. The apparent, emergent premier, the desperately unimpressive Pauline Marois, a bag lady where some distinguished statesmen have preceded her, is, politically speaking, a prisoner in her own body. The PQ barely squeezed ahead of the Liberals, in votes and parliamentary strength, while fudging whether they would even hold a referendum on an ambiguous question. This is a cruel, vegetative state for Ms. Marois, a strident separatist. This brilliant election changed governments without breaking any furniture or burning any bridges.

Post-Shooting, Let's Forget Politics

Last night during Pauline Marois' victory speech a tragic shooting left us all speechless. This is the moment where one needs to pause, not the moment to start pointing fingers at whomever or whatever. It is the moment where we must stop, take a step back from the electoral fervor, forget our political and historic baggage to mourn the death of an innocent man who was only doing his job, who wasn't even there for a political rally, but simply to earn a living.