This sub-sub-series concerns exchanges of correspondence between Jean Chrétien, his Principal Secretary and, more broadly, the Office of Leader of the Opposition as well as Liberal M.P.s, Senators and caucus members. The correspondence consists mainly of commentary on positions adopted by the government, suggested courses of action, and courtesy messages (i.e. well wishes, thank you letters, invitations, etc.).
It offers insight into the factors animating political life in the opposition Liberal party and which, more generally, would lead it to power. Beyond party lines, these exchanges illustrate M.P.s' and Senators' personal positions, concerns and misgivings about prominent issues in federal politics at the time.
A study of these documents is essential for anyone wishing to understand how the Liberal Party of Canada under Jean Chrétien made the transition from opposition party to party in power.
The broad themes addressed in this correspondence are: Public Administration; Agriculture; External Affairs; Caucus; Constitution; International Trade; Education; Elections; Environment; Finance; Public Service; Immigration; Industry; Justice; Heritage; Liberal Party of Canada; Fisheries and Oceans; National Revenue; Health; and Government of Canada Services.