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Fundraising Event For New Library Features Former PM Jean Chrétien


cretien 2018270On Sunday, October 28, the Meaford Public Library will host the Right Honourable Jean Chrétien in an exclusive fundraising event.

Beginning at 2 p.m. in the Meaford Hall Opera House, Chrétien will be joined by veteran CBC broadcaster and journalist Christopher Thomas, who will interview him about his new book, My Stories, My Times.

One of the most popular Canadian prime ministers in recent history, elected to government for three consecutive majority terms, Jean Chrétien has some stories to tell. In My Stories, My Times, Chrétien recounts with warmth, insight, and his distinctive sense of humour many behind-the-scenes stories from a long, distinguished, and colourful career.

Each $100 ticket for this special fundraiser to support the new Meaford Public Library building will include an autographed copy of My Stories, My Times, which will be published by Penguin Random House on October 23. This event is a partnership between the Meaford Public Library, the Meaford Public Library Fundraising Committee, the Friends of the Meaford Library, and Penguin Random House Canada.

The new, accessible Meaford Public Library will benefit greatly from this event with all proceeds going to the new Library Fundraising Campaign. We are immensely grateful to Jean Chrétien and Penguin Random House Canada for this special visit to Meaford and are pleased to extend a warm welcome. Thank you,” said Peter Bantock, Chair of the Meaford Public Library Fundraising Committee.

October 2018 marks twenty-five years since Chrétien took the helm as prime minister. In My Stories, My Times, he recalls his long years in the public eye, and the many luminaries he met and worked with. Readers will learn why his commonsense judgment continues to influence our lives to this day, in ways both profound and subtle. He pays tribute to old friends and colleagues, where the values of honour and dedication to public service transcend political views.

Survival in politics requires stamina, creativity, and toughness, as well as the ability to share a laugh now and again: qualities that the self-described “little guy from Shawinigan” never lost. In these days of “alternative facts” and politics-by-Tweet, these stories are a necessary antidote, told by a leader who always held fast to his vision of what Canada was and what it could be.

All proceeds from this event will go to fund the new, accessible Meaford Public Library building. Tickets are on sale at Meaford Hall. Reserve yours today at: or call 1-877-538-0463.

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