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Charest, Jean

Former eager beaver junior cabinet minister in the Brian Mulroney governments, and sole brand-name survivor of the 1993 electoral wipe-out of the Progressive Conservative party. He moved from there to the leadership of the Federal Conservatives, where his 1997 pre-election makeover left him slimmer, nastier and supposedly believing that rescinding gun control legislation would make him as popular as Preston Manning. The 1997 election results left him to run the Eastern Canada wing of the Reform Party, which, given that he loathes Preston Manning, is about what he deserved. Now working Quebec over as Premier and leader of the Union Nationale/Liberal/Conservative party, and resisting, as all Quebec Premiers do, official enquiries into various corruption scandals.

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