Jean Charest

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Date of Birth June 24, 1958
Place of Birth Canada
Age 62 years old
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Jean Charest

John James Charest, known as Jean Charest, is a Canadian politician who served as the 29th premier of Quebec, from 2003 to 2012; the deputy prime minister of Canada from June 25, 1993, until November 4, 1993; the leader of the federal Progressive Conservative Party of Canada from 1993 to 1998; and the leader of the Quebec Liberal Party from 1998 to 2012. He became Premier after winning the 2003 election; after he lost the 2012 election he announced that he would be resigning as Quebec Liberal Leader and leaving politics. Charest sits as an advisor to Canada's Ecofiscal Commission. Charest is currently a consultant for Huawei on the Meng Wanzhou case and for its 5G network plans in Canada.

Born: June 24, 1958, Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada
Political party: Conservative (Federal), Quebec Liberal Party (Provincial)
Other political affiliations: Progressive Conservative Party of Canada (before 1998)
Residence: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Alma mater: Université de Sherbrooke
Monarch: Elizabeth II
Preceded by: Bernard Landry
Succeeded by: Pauline Marois

About Jean Charest

Quebec Liberal Party politician who served as Premier of Quebec during the first decade of the 2000s and as Deputy Prime Minister of Canada during the early 1990s.

Before Fame

He studied at the Université de Sherbrooke and began practicing law in Quebec in the early 1980s.


During his service in the Canadian Parliament, he was a member of the Progressive Conservative Party; he later shifted his political allegiance to the Quebec Liberal Party.

Family Life

He was born in Sherbrooke, Quebec to a family of Irish and French heritage. He married Michèle Dionne in 1980; the couple subsequently raised two daughters and one son.


In his late twenties, he served in the Cabinet of Progressive Conservative Party Prime Minister Brian Mulroney.

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