in his political life became him like the leaving it.
"Both Canada and the Liberal Party owe
Jean Chrétien an enormous debt of gratitude, not only for
his forty years of public service, but also for his willingness
at the critical moment to place the national interest ahead of any
"Prime Minister Chrétien could have
waged a forceful campaign over the leadership review vote. However,
irrespective its outcome, it would have unleashed a bloodletting
without parallel in the Liberal Party's long and storied history,
plunging the governing Party and therefore the government itself
"Instead, Prime Minister Chrétien
has chosen his moment to bow out in a manner that will allow the
government of Canada to focus on his bold and Liberal public policy
agenda of national renewal.
"As the Liberal Party's National Policy
Chair, I welcome the Prime Minister's selfless decision.
"As a member of the Liberal Party's National
Executive, I will press for the timely adoption of leadership succession
rules that will respect the integrity of the democratic process."
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