DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH: 1958.06.24 Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada.
Deputy Leader of the Government in the House of Commons (1989.01.30 - 1990.01.23).
OF QUEBEC (Premier ministre du Québec):
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Leader of the Official Opposition (1998.11.30 - 2003.04.23).
Leader, Progressive Conservative Party of Canada (December 1993 - April 1998). Charest was one of only two PC Members of Parliament returned in the 1993 election and was thus appointed Leader by the PC Executive Committee. Charest was ratified as PC Leader at the April 1995 convention by a vote of 1,187 to 49. In the 1997 elections, the PC won 20 seats (gain of 18 seats) and 19% of the national vote. He resigned as PC Leader in April 1998 to become Leader of the provincial Parti Libéral du Québec.
Candidate for Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada (June 1993). First ballot: 2nd place (out of five candidates) with 1,369 votes - 39.5%. Second ballot: Kim Campbell defeated Charest for Leader by a vote of 1,817 (52.7%) to 1,630 (47.3%).
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