Jean Charest: 'Never say never' on return to politics

Former Quebec premier Jean Charest tells CBC Daybreak that while it's unlikely he'll take office again, he hasn't ruled out possible run with the federal Conservatives.

Former Quebec premier Jean Charest tells CBC Daybreak it's unlikely - but not impossible - he'll run again

Former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, right, arrives with former Quebec Premier Jean Charest at an event last February. On CBC Daybreak on Aug. 7, Charest said it was unlikely he'd return to politics but he never says never. (Ryan Remiorz/CP)

Former Quebec premier Jean Charest said it's unlikely he'll ever return to politics, but told CBC Daybreak on Thursday that he never says never.

Charest spoke to Daybreak on Thursday morning from Hong Kong, China, where he is visiting on business. He spoke at length about the need for a free trade deal between Canada and the European Union.

But it's what he said when Daybreak host Mike Finnerty asked whether he'd ever return to politics that resonated with listeners.

MF: Are you going to come back to politics?

JC: "No, I don't Well, you never say never, but I have no regrets. I feel I did the best I could in the time I was there. It was a great experience. I had 28 years."

MF: Would you run for the federal Conservatives again?

JC: "Nah, no. The answer is…  again, you never say never because you don’t know what life will put in front of you, but I’m very happy doing what I’m doing. I’m with McCarthy Tétrault [law firm] and I love the work I’m doing."

You be the judge. Listen to that portion of the interview here:

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Listen to the whole CBC Daybreak interview with Mike Finnerty here:

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