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The Shawinigan Fox: How Jean Chrétien Defied the Elites and Reshaped Canada

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Jean Chrétien's critics have said he was a man with no vision and a short attention span – a small-town hick who stumbled his way to become Canada's 20th prime minister. Whatever credit the Chrétien government deserved was often given to Paul Martin, the heir apparent who was touted to be the brains behind the operation.

But while Chretien was the subject of ridicule, he w
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Published October 18th 2017 by eBookIt.com
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Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
''Jean Chrétien had not one or two significant legacies but four.
1. Canada went from financial basket case to an international role model of economic management.
2. He kept Canada out of the Iraq war.
3. He dealt a fatal blow to Québec separatists with the passage of the Clarity Act and by his reforms to federal-provincial arrangements.
4. He transformed Canada's intellectual infrastructure, turning what had become a brain drain into a brain gain (...) by establishing the Canadian Foundation fo
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Albert
Dec 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting evaluation of Chrétien as Prime Minister of Canada. The book highlights his achievements and contextualizes the scandals. Fascinating read about the relationship with Martin. You could say it is one sided but the author is building the case for his thesis. With the benefit of time, he does have a strong case. Fun read for the Canadian political junkie.
David Kitz
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Bob Plamondon provides us with a thorough overview of Jean Chretien's years as the Prime Minister of Canada. Overall I would describe his analysis of Chretien's leadership as fair and even-handed. Many Canadians have come to see Paul Martin as the brains behind Canada's transformation from a debt ridden basket case to a model of fiscal prudence, but Plamondon gives Chretien his due, insisting that 'the boss' got the job done, while Martin dithered and plotted Chretien's overthrow.

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