The Rt. Hon. Joe Clark


The Rt. Hon. Joe Clark

Former Canadian Prime Minister and Foreign Minister

Canada’s 16th Prime Minister―The Right Honourable Joe Clark―is one of the most widely respected Canadians in history. A leader in fighting apartheid and promoting human rights, and the architect of significant Canadian initiatives in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa, Clark’s combination of integrity, commitment, experience, and fiery passion for the betterment of his nation is the foundation of all of his riveting presentations.

Clark rose quickly in federal politics, entering the House of Commons in the 1972 election and winning the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party in 1976. He came to power in the 1979 election, defeating the Liberal government of Pierre Trudeau and ending 16 years of Liberal rule. Taking office the day before his 40th birthday, Clark is the youngest person to have become Prime Minister. After leaving the office, he returned in 1984 as a senior cabinet minister in Brian Mulroney’s cabinet, and retired in 1993. He later made a political comeback in 1998, to lead the Progressive Conservatives before its dissolution, serving his final term in Parliament from 2000 to 2004.

Clark remains very active in international business and governance as the founder and chairman of a company harvesting underwater timber in Ghana; director of the BDA foundation, which teaches Congolese farmers to harvest and market medicinal plants; and as an active participant in political reforms in developing countries. He has led international election observation teams dealing with difficult elections in Mexico, Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, and Lebanon, and is vice-chairman of the not-for-profit Global Leadership Foundation, a small group of former Heads of Government and diplomats who help governments in the developing world face serious crises.

Ancien Premier ministre du Canada

Le seizième premier ministre du Canda est l’un des Canadiens les plus reconnus et les plus respectés aussi bien dans notre pays qu’à l’étranger. M. Clark s’est forgé cette réputation en mettant à l’œuvre dans les fonctions les plus élevées de la nation son engagement, son intégrité et sa vision pour lesquels il est si bien connu.

En 1972, M. Clark a été élu à la Chambre des communes et en 1976, à l’âge de 36 ans, chef du Parti conservateur progressif. Trois ans plus tard, il a battu Pierre Trudeau aux élections pour devenir le plus jeune premier ministre de l’histoire du Canada. Son gouvernement s’est distingué par son engagement vers l’ouverture et la démocratie. Après le retour au pouvoir de Pierre Trudeau, M. Clark a mené contre lui ce que l’on considère l’opposition la plus efficace de l’histoire canadienne.

M. Clark a effectué un retour à la Chambre des communes en septembre 2000. Deux mois plus tard, il a été réélu lors des éléctions fédérales membre du parlement pour la circonscription de Calgary-Centre en Alberta.

Joe Clark a récemment rempli un mandat en enseignement à l’American University à Washington. Après avoir quitté ses fonctions au Parlement canadien après 25 ans, Clark a été le premier chef d’État notable en résidence à la School of International Service et associé principal du Center for North American Studies.Doté d’un profond savoir sur notre pays et le monde, Joe Clark est prêt à aider à faire du Canada un pays plus riche, plus uni, et plus influent dans les affaires mondiales.

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