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. Clark reaches across divides — from chairing the Commonwealth Foreign Ministers campaign against apartheid, to winning unanimous agreement on constitutional change in Canada, to partnering with innovative entrepreneurs and change-makers today — he understands the challenges and dynamics of building trust and finding common ground.

In 1979, at age 39, Clark became the youngest Prime Minister in Canadian history, defeating Pierre Trudeau and ending 16 years of Liberal Party rule. His minority government was itself defeated on a tough and forward-looking budget which proposed “long term gain for short-term pain”. Clark remained a prominent force in Parliament and public life, later serving seven successful years as Foreign Minister in the Mulroney government, then leading the complex negotiation of the Charlottetown constitutional accord, which secured the unanimous agreement of Canada, all ten provinces, both territories, and Canada’s four leading Aboriginal organizations.

Today, Clark remains very active in international business and diplomacy. He is a board member of Meridiam Infrastructure, GlobeScan, and Lumenix; chair of the supervisory board of Meridiam Africa; and vice-chair of Beifang International Education Group Advisory Committee. He is also a board member and vice-chair of the Global Leadership Foundation, as well as chair of the awards Jury of the Global Centre for Pluralism, co-founded by the Government of Canada and His Highness the Aga Khan.

Clark is also a member of the Inter-American Dialogue, the Electoral Integrity Initiative of the Kofi Annan Foundation, and the Friends of the Inter-American Democratic Charter, and he is a founding member of Canadians for a New Partnership. Clark is also a leader of Election Observation missions in Africa, Asia, and the Americas for the Carter Center, the Commonwealth, and the National Democratic Institute.

The author of two books — A Nation Too Good to Lose and How We Lead: Canada in a Century of Change — Clark is often a guest lecturer at schools and universities, and is currently a board member of the Institute for the Study of International Development at McGill University, and a Distinguished Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto.

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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