Jean Charest (seen in 2014) says he not interested in running for the Conservative Party's leadership. We see Charest's right profile from mid-chest up. He is dressed in a sharp, dark pin-striped suit and fancy tie and he is waving with his left hand. Under his still curly blondish hair, he wears a very strange expression, one marked with just of touch of fear and foreboding, as if preparing to meet someone whose name he can't quite remember.

Jean Charest (seen in 2014) says he not interested in running for the Conservative Party's leadership.
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Jean Charest says thanks but no thanks to Tory run

Scratch Jean Charest from the Conservative Party’s upcoming leadership race.

The former Progressive Conservative leader and long-time Liberal Party premier of Quebec says he’s not interested.

Jean Charest says he's perfectly happy to make his living as a lawyer at a prominent Montreal law firm and won't be returning to politics. We see a very tight closeup of Charest's face. The photo is cropped at the top of his forehead but his hair does appear slightly whiter than in the photo at the top. Her wears a slightly chagrined expression.
Jean Charest says he’s perfectly happy to make his living as a lawyer at a prominent Montreal law firm and won’t be returning to politics. ©

In a email from Paris, Charest told Radio-Canada on Thursday he is very happy at Montreal law firm where he now works, one that is of the white shoe variety.

Charest was first elected to the Commons in 1984 under Brian Mulroney and became PC leader in 1993 after the party was reduced to a rump of two, following the 1993 general election won by Jean Chretien’s Liberals.

After playing a major role in the 1995 Quebec sovereignty referendum, he moved to Quebec politics in 1998 as leader of the provincial Liberal Party before being elected premier in 2003.

He served nine years in the post before quitting public life in 2012 after the Liberals were defeated by the Parti Quebecois.

Potential leadership hopefuls are said to include  Jason Kenney, Tony Clement, Kellie Leitch, Lisa Raitt, Maxime Bernier and Michelle Rempelle. All served as ministers or junior ministers under Stephen Harper, who announced Monday he was resigning as leader. On Wednesday, the New York Times anointed Kenney as the frontrunner.

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall has already ruled himself out of the running.


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