Jean Chretien: The Scrapper Who Climbed His Way to the Top

byNate HendleyIllustratorGabriel Morrissette

September 1, 2005|
Jean Chretien: The Scrapper Who Climbed His Way to the Top by Nate Hendley
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This is the "warts and all" story of Jean Chrétien, Canada's 20th prime minister.

He failed to eliminate the GST. He almost lost Canada to the separatists. And many people feel he could have prevented the sponsorship scandal. But if confronted with these and other "failings," Jean Chrétien would reply: So what!

The story of the feisty "little guy from Shawinigan" is still one of triumph, hard work, and determination. Dyslexia affected his speech and a childhood illness paralyzed one side of his face. Being teased and laughed at eventually turned him into a schoolyard scrapper.

Neither flashy nor smooth, Jean sure could sound funny at times. He still holds the dubious honour of being misunderstood in both of Canada's official languages. But he had the smarts to get into power, stay in charge, and get a lot done.

Not bad for a kid who was always in trouble at school, eh?

Nate Hendley grew up in Waterloo, Ontario. After graduating from Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario, with an Honours BA, he returned to school to study journalism at Conestoga College in Kitchener, Ontario. He has written for the National Post, the Globe and Mail, Marketing, and eye weekly. He is the author of biographies on ban...
Title:Jean Chretien: The Scrapper Who Climbed His Way to the Top
Product dimensions:57 pages, 11 X 8.5 X 0.68 in
Shipping dimensions:57 pages, 11 X 8.5 X 0.68 in
Published:September 1, 2005
Publisher:JackFruit Press
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780973640663

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