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'You don't push Chrétien around'

It's the top office in Canada, and the person holding it can often seem larger than life. Typically, a prime minister communicates with the public via press conference or scripted speech. But when a Canadian prime minister sits down with a CBC journalist in a more intimate setting for an in-depth chat, we get a better picture of what that prime minister is really like. CBC Digital Archives has pulled together a selection of one-on-one interviews with Canadian prime ministers, from Louis St-Laurent to Stephen Harper.

It was a hardscrabble climb to the top for Jean Chrétien. "The little guy from Shawinigan" surprised everyone - except himself - by finding his way to the summit of Canadian politics. From the pool hall political debates of his childhood to the opulent offices of Ottawa, CBC Radio and Television capture the long, colourful career of Canada's 20th prime minister.


Medium: Radio
Program: The Current
Broadcast Date: Nov. 13, 2003
Guest(s): Jean Chrétien
Host: Anna Maria Tremonti
Duration: 19:57

Last updated: January 19, 2012

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