Jean Chretien: Yesterday's Man Charts the Future

After a landslide election victory, Jean Chretien faces separatism, a lame economy and a bare fiscal cupboard

Only two days had passed since the Liberal Party's landslide victory, but Jean Chretien was raring to go into action. The man who will be Canada's 20th Prime Minister does not take office until this week, but at his first postelection press conference he plunged into a small torrent of pronouncements. "It's time to pull the country together, time to get to work," Chretien declared. He clearly meant it. So eager was he to get on with his busy schedule that he fled the planned 45-minute news conference after just 22 minutes -- only to find that the limousine taking him...

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