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Partner, McCarthy Tétrault LLP Former Prime Minister, Québec (2003-2012)
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First elected to the House of Commons in 1984, Mr. Charest became Canada’s youngest cabinet minister as Minster of State for Youth. Named Minister of the Environment in 1991, he led Canada’s delegation at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio and in 1993, Mr. Charest became Minister of Industry and Deputy Prime Minister of Canada. In 1998 Mr. Charest became the Leader of the Québec Liberal Party and won three consecutive election campaigns in 2003, 2007 and 2008.
Under Mr. Charest’s leadership, Québec experienced a sustained period of economic prosperity with stronger economic growth from 2008 to 2012 than the U.S, Europe, Canada and Ontario, despite a global financial and economic crisis. His legacy includes a major initiative for the sustainable development of Northern Québec called “Plan Nord”. This plan covers a territory above the 49th parallel of 1.2 million sq. km (twice the size of France) as well as hydro-electric and wind power projects, maintaining Québec’s position as the 4th biggest producer of clean and renewable hydro-electric power.
Mr. Charest is a Partner in the Montréal office of McCarthy, Tetrault, LLP where he provides invaluable expertise to his clients offering an in-depth knowledge and experience regarding public policy, corporate Canada and international matters. As a strategic advisor with a unique perspective, Mr. Charest supports clients on complex transactions, projects and international mandates, as they navigate the global business environment.
Mr. Charest has been a political science lecturer at Concordia University and he remains active in public policy and community activities. He obtained his law degree from the University of Sherbrooke in 1980 and was admitted to the Québec bar in 1981.