The Prime Ministers Series highlights transformative policy initiatives of Canadian prime ministers. The second edition of the event features Jean Chrétien and it is hosted by the University of Ottawa’s Professional Development Institute and the Canada School of Public Service. The Ottawa conference explores four nation-building themes that evoked tough choices and fierce resistance.
Edward Goldenberg (partner at Bennett Jones LLP and Chrétien’s former chief of staff), Allan Rock (president emeritus, University of Ottawa and former Liberal cabinet minister) and Pierre Pettigrew (executive adviser, international at Deloitte Canada and former Liberal cabinet minister) discuss the struggle for national unity, from the 1995 referendum to the Clarity Act of 2000. (March 3, 2020)