Former Prime Minister Jean Chrétien to Deliver MacEachen Lecture at StFX



    ANTIGONISH, NS, Jan. 28 /CNW/ - The Rt. Hon. Jean Chrétien, former prime
minister of Canada, will deliver the annual Allan J. MacEachen Lecture in
Politics at St. Francis Xavier University on Wednesday, January 30, 2008 at
7:30 p.m. at the Charles V. Keating Millennium Centre.
    Mr. Chrétien's talk is entitled Canadian Politics in 2008: Challenges and
Prospects.
    The evening's program will include the opportunity for a dialogue with
the former prime minister during an open mike Q&A session where Mr. Chrétien
will entertain questions from the general public.
    "We are looking forward to Mr. Chrétien's usual lively presentation
followed by an extended period of questions and answers," says StFX political
science professor Dr. Yvon Grenier, chair of the Allan J. MacEachen Lecture
committee.
    "This promises to be a very exciting, thought-provoking and lively
evening with one of the most prominent and influential politicians in recent
Canadian history."
    Complimentary tickets will be required for admission to the lecture, and
should be obtained in advance of the event from the Keating Millennium Centre
Box Office. Tickets will be issued on a first-come basis.

    Mr. Chrétien was first elected to the Canadian House of Commons in the
1963 election and represented his Shawinigan-based riding for all but eight of
the next 41 years. Over his long career he served as Minister of Finance,
Minister of National Revenue, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern
Development, Minister of Industry, Trade and Commerce, Minister of Justice and
Attorney General of Canada, and Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources. He
was the 20th Prime Minister of Canada from 1993 to 2003. On June 29, 2007, he
was appointed to be a Companion of the Order of Canada.
    Mr. Chrétien is coming to StFX to honour his former cabinet colleague,
the Hon. Allan MacEachen, with whom he served many terms in Canadian
parliament.
    The theme of the Allan J. MacEachen Lecture Series, established through
the support of friends and associates to commemorate Mr. MacEachen's
distinguished career in political life, is politics and governance in Canada.
    Previous speakers have included former premiers, the Hon. Bob Rae, the
Hon. Frank McKenna, and the Hon. Roy Romanow, former prime minister, Rt. Hon.
John Turner, the Hon. Preston Manning, the late Dalton Camp, Senator Jerry
Grafstein, Dr. Jennifer Welsh, and Dr. Margaret MacMillan.

    Special Arrangements for the Media

    Media must contact Shelley Cameron-McCarron, StFX media relations, to
reserve a ticket. Following the presentation, Mr. Chrétien will participate in
a short scrum in a private setting for media only. Details will be provided at
the media sign-in desk.




For further information:

For further information: and to reserve a ticket: Shelley
Cameron-McCarron, StFX Communications, (902) 867-3916, sacamero@stfx.ca

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