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Straight from the Heart

Chretien, Jean

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ISBN 10: 0919493742 / ISBN 13: 9780919493742
Published by Key Porter Books Limited, Toronto, 1985
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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This item cannot be shipped to any delivery address located in the state of California. BOOK: Corners, Spine Bumped; Moderate Shelf Rub to Boards. DUST JACKET: Lightly Creased; Lightly Chipped; In Archival Quality Jacket Cover. CONTENTS: Preface; Chapter 1: A Passion for Politics; Chapter 2: Learning the Ropes; Chapter 3: The Business of Politics; Chapter 4: The Politics of Business; Chapter 5: A Balancing Act; Chapter 6: Fighting for Canada; Chapter 7: A Promise to the Country; Chapter 8: A New Constitution; Chapter 9: Main Street . . . Bay Street; Epilogue; Index. SYNOPSIS: One of the most popular politicians of our time, Jean Chretien has won the hearts of Canadians with his unabashed patriotism, his tireless pursuit of federalism, and his faith in ordinary people. In this remarkable memoir of his life and times as a Liberal, he recounts how a street-smart "little guy" from Shawinigan rose to become one of the most important federal ministers in our history. With over 20 years in parliament and over 17 years in high-profile cabinet jobs, he has left an indelible imprint on our political life. Straight from the Heart provides an entertaining, insightful view of a politician's life. Chretien recounts his early days as a Liberal organizer in rural Quebec, his arrival as a young French-speaking MP in an English-dominated House of Commons and his promotion to several important ministries, including Indian Affairs, Industry, Trade and Commerce, Energy, Finance and Justice. As a minister he found himself in the Trudeau cabinet, selling Canada not only abroad but to Canadians themselves. A particular moment of glory came when he fought successfully against the Parti Quebecois referendum, running a gruelling campaign throughout the province. Losing the Liberal leadership to John Turner was a difficult moment for him but, in spite of the Conservative sweep in 1984, he held his seat by a sizeable majority. This memoir is vintage Chretien - passionate, entertaining and, above all, committed. In his 20-year career, he has been at the heart of the political process, working closely with two prime ministers, debating tirelessly in the House of Commons, travelling the country to speak to Canadians on important issues. His perception of what it means to be a Liberal and his intimate recollections of two decades of Liberal government make this one of the most significant political books ever published in Canada. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 002524

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Title: Straight from the Heart

Publisher: Key Porter Books Limited, Toronto

Publication Date: 1985

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition 2nd Printing.

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Jean Chr?tien won the hearts of Canadians with his unabashed love of his country, his unwavering commitment to federalism, and his abiding faith in the people.

In this reissue of his remarkable best-selling memoir, Chr?tien recalls in colourful and fascinating detail his beginnings as a populist lawyer from Shawinigan, his rise as an MP and cabinet minister, and, ultimately, his election as Prime Minister of Canada.

Straight from the Heart is an entertaining, insightful first-person account of Chr?tien`s early days organizing for the Liberals in rural Quebec, how a young French-speaking MP learned the ropes in an English-dominated capital, his pride at becoming Canada?s first French-Canadian Prime Minister of Finance, and the dramatic battles he fought side by side with Pierre Trudeau to win the 1980 Quebec referendum and patriate the Constitution with the Charter of Rights. It includes behind-the-scenes descriptions of his two leadership bids and the election campaign that led to a majority Liberal government in 1993.

This classic memoir is essential reading for anyone seeking an understanding of one of the most successful, skillful, and popular political leaders of our times.

Praise for Straight from the Heart:

?Highly recommendable?What Chr?tien?s autobiography offers is a vision of one man?s considerable passion. Its sight line is clear, textured, and indisputably colourful.? ? Maclean?s

?Exuberant, slangy, light-hearted optimistic, and decent-minded.?? Winnipeg Free Press

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In 1963, at the age of twenty nine, The Rt. Hon. JEAN CHRETIEN was first elected to Parliament. Four years later he was given his first Cabinet post and, over the next thirty years, he headed nine key ministries. Jean Chretien served as Canada's twentieth prime minister from 1993 to 2003.

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