|Affiliation||Parti Libéral du Québec
Sherbrooke, Québec , Canada
|| June 24, 1958
Jun 21, 2009 01:27am
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|Info||John James "Jean" Charest |
Jean Charest was trained as a lawyer. He practised law in Sherbrooke with Beauchemin, Dussault from 1981 to 1984.
At age 26, he was elected to the House of Commons in Ottawa as MP for Sherbrooke under the Progressive Conservative banner. Less than two years later, he was granted his first ministry, making him the youngest member of Cabinet in Canadian history. He served alternately as Minister of State for Youth, Minister of State for Fitness and Amateur Sport, Minister of the Environment, and in Kim Campbell’s government: Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Industry and Science, and Minister responsible for the Federal Office of Regional Development. As Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada from December 14, 1993 to April 30, 1998, he distinguished himself as Vice-Chair of the National Committee of Quebecers for the NO side during the 1995 Referendum.
He was elected leader of the Quebec Liberal Party in April 1998 and received the most popular votes in the general election held on November 1998. Leader of the Official Opposition in the National Assembly from 1999 to 2003, he was elected Premier of Quebec in April 2003.
Born in Sherbrooke, Jean Charest and his wife, Michèle Dionne, have three children: Amélie, Antoine and Alexandra.