November 4, 1993 - December 12, 2003
Joseph Jacques Jean Chrétien (Liberal Party of Canada) held the office of the Prime Minister of Canada for over a decade from November 4, 1993, to December 12, 2003. Prior to serving as Prime Minister, he was Leader of the Opposition from 1990 to 1993. Mr. Chrétien also held several senior cabinet posts in the governments of Lester B. Pearson and Pierre Elliott Trudeau. As the Attorney General of Canada, he oversaw the entrenchment of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms into the Constitution Act, 1982 and appointed the first woman justice to the Supreme Court of Canada in 1982. He was first elected to Parliament in 1963 and is a lawyer by profession. Jean Chrétien was born in Shawinigan, Quebec, on January 11, 1934.