This sub-sub-series consists mainly of speeches made by Jean Chrétien, as Leader of the Official Opposition during the 1993 electoral campaign and early in his first term as Prime Minister. It also contains speeches by Jean Pelletier, the Prime Minister's Chief of Staff, and a file opened on behalf of André Ouellet when he was a sitting M.P. for the Official Opposition Liberals. It also contains draft speeches, speaking notes, some lists, a few invitations and event schedules, press clippings, and media monitoring reports.
The topics addressed in these speeches are as follows: Charlottetown Accord; aboriginal affairs; Canada's future; Bloc Québécois; Lucien Bouchard; Office of the Prime Minister of Canada; 1993 electoral campaign; Bélanger-Campeau Commission; Constitution; culture; democracy; economic development; economic and regional development; Chief of Staff of the Prime Minister of Canada; employment; public finance; immigration; international institutions; leadership; globalization; Brian Mulroney; Western Canada; Jacques Parizeau; Progressive Conservative Party of Canada; Liberal Party of Canada; Reform Party of Canada; foreign policy; Atlantic Provinces; Quebec; 1995 Referendum; Senate; Quebec sovereignty; Pierre Elliott Trudeau; and national unity.
These speeches and draft speeches highlight the political activism, ideology and ideas motivating Jean Chrétien between 1990 and 1994. The originality of the speeches is evident in the way portions of them are annotated, crossed out and underlined. They also illustrate the Chief of Staff's role as strategic advisor to the Prime Minister.