Steven Charest – A BIT TALLER, A BIT BROADER THIS WEEK
Steve Charest has been walking taller and smiling more widely this week – not just due to Dartmouth High girls basketball’s incredible upset of Bishop Feehan in last Sunday’s South Sectional.
Many conservatives see Charest as representing a bridge-building form of conservatism while Poilievre represents its opposite – bridge-destruction.
Early Life and Education
Charest graduated with a law degree from University of Sherbrooke and was soon after admitted to the Quebec Bar, practicing criminal law before entering politics. First elected as a Progressive Conservative member for Sherbrooke riding during 1984 election as part of Brian Mulroney cabinet; but soon thereafter lost it after inappropriately informing a judge regarding an ongoing court case.
His popularity began to fade during the last years of his government, especially following its implementation of a tuition hike which led to widespread student strikes. As a result, in October 2012 he was defeated in provincial elections by Quebec Solidaire and resigned as premier.
Leaked campaign documents forecasting a Charest victory concede that Poilievre will dominate western Canada by winning 81% of riding points.
Professionally, he has worked both as a civil servant in Quebec provincial government and ran his own legal practice. Additionally, he taught university level classes.
Charest has extensive experience handling complex corporate transactions, from capital markets issuances of high-yield and investment grade bonds, structured notes linked to market measures and equity offerings to convertible and exchangeable debt management transactions and liability management transactions.
Personal Details: He serves as both mentor and educator to many. In his free time, he enjoys mountains and snow- ice climbing is his passion; on Wednesdays, he serves his creations at Callahan Dining Hall at Endicott College! Additionally, his passion is sharing outdoor experiences. Married and with two children; also makes whoopie pies!
Achievement and Honors
Dr. Joseph Tilford earned four seasons on SMU men’s tennis team, compiling an outstanding 10-1 singles record and 3 wins out of 4 in doubles play. Well known in local tennis circles, he still practices and teaches tennis today.
He was first elected to Canadian Parliament as an elected representative from Sherbrooke riding (electoral district) during the 1984 federal election and served as a member of Liberal Party until leaving to lead Quebec Liberal Party instead.
He led the Quebec Liberals to victory in 2003 provincial election, ending nine years of sovereignist Parti Quebecois rule. Re-elected twice before losing out to separatists in 2012. Since leaving politics he has become a partner at McCarthy Tetrault LLP and an authoritative political commentator as well as mentoring young athletes and being an outdoor enthusiast.
Steven Charest was an incredible husband, father and friend. He enjoyed traveling with Anne to various National Parks such as Red Rocks, Yosemite, Grand Tetons as well as domestic transport jobs both domestically and internationally.
Throughout the 1990s, he took part in constitutional discussions regarding Quebec as an autonomous society and advocated for its recognition. Specifically, he supported Meech Lake Accord – but ultimately failed.
Charest ran for the Progressive Conservative Party leadership in 1993, coming second behind Kim Campbell. Following this loss, he went on to lead Quebec Liberals to several victories at provincial elections before serving as premier of Quebec until losing in 2012 against Parti Quebecois sovereignists.
Charest has over 15 years of experience investing, working for clients at Desjardins Securities. He seeks out well-managed companies with reasonable risk that can help their capital expand.
As an independent broker specializing in small-cap and large-cap U.S. and Canadian equities, he enjoys skiing and hiking during his leisure time.
Charest was seen as the hope for Quebec Liberal Party victory against sovereigntist Parti Quebecois government when he returned to politics in 1998, winning an absolute majority against nine years of PQ rule and promising to reduce taxes, spending, reform health care services, reduce government size and honour Canada’s first prime minister Sir John A Macdonald who said almost 100 years earlier: Treat Quebec like a nation and it will respond generously.