Come celebrate and learn—it’s free! Edward Goldenberg will be helping us better understand the life and times of Jean Chrétien, Canada’s 20th prime minister with three majority governments from 1993-2003.
Led by Edward Goldenberg, Monday, February 26, 2018, 7:00 p.m. Room L120, 233 Main Street, Saint Paul University.
First elected to the House of Commons in 1963, Mr. Chrétien was always in the thick of federal politics and was strongly opposed to the Quebec sovereignty movement, leading the federalist side in the 1995 Quebec Referendum. He was instrumental in the patriation of the constitution and creation of the Canadian Charter or Rights and Freedoms and, some years later, championed the Clarity Act to avoid ambiguity in future referendum questions. His governments restored fiscal integrity to federal finances and he kept Canada out of the second Iraq war. And, for many years, he and his family lived in one of Old Ottawa East’s most lovely, yet modest, homes.
Edward "Eddie" Goldenberg first worked for Jean Chrétien in 1972 with a summer internship after completing his first year at McGill’s Faculty of Law. He later served as Prime Minister Chrétien's Chief of Staff, before leaving to become a partner at the Ottawa office of law firm Stikeman Elliott and is now a partner at Bennett Jones, an international law firm based in Canada. Mr. Goldenberg is the author of The Way It Works, a bestselling book about his experiences working with Prime Minister Chrétien. The Chrétien event is the tenth of a series of talks to celebrate Canada’s prime ministers.