M998.51.52 | Jean Charest and the Liberal Party Platform
Jean Charest and the Liberal Party Platform
1997, 20th century
Graphite on paper
43.2 x 35.7 cm
Gift of M. Serge Chapleau
© McCord Museum
Keywords: Cartoon (19139) , Drawing (18637) , drawing (18379) , politics (10928)
Keys to History
"Jean Charest was just becoming a star... which didn't make him any less of an empty shell!"
A lawyer by training and a career politician, Jean Charest proposed a renewal plan for the Progressive Conservative Party (PCP) in 1997. His critics, not much impressed, characterized the plan as hollow.
Following his rise to the head of the Progressive Conservatives in 1995, Jean Charest travelled throughout Canada, from the Maritime provinces to the Rocky Mountains, in an effort to consolidate support among both party activists and voters.
In the federal election campaign of 1997, the Progressive Conservatives and their leader Jean Charest faced an enormous challenge: to show that they had rebuilt the party after Kim Campbell's term at the helm. The election of 1993 had been a big blow to the Conservatives; only two of their ranks were elected to the House of Commons.
Jean Charest was leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada from 1995 to 1998 and became the leader of the Quebec Liberal Party in 1998. He was elected premier of Quebec in 2003.