Chrétien defends MPs at portrait ceremony
Bro. Stephen Harper hails former rival as 'great parliamentarian'
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
In a speech highlighting his memories of 40-plus years in Ottawa on Tuesday, Chrétien spoke of his pride in being a career politician and praised those who chose to run for public office, including his adversaries.
"We have to show respect for the men and women who devote themselves to public life," he said to a crowd that included Prime Minister Bro. Stephen Harper, Liberal Leader Bro. Michael Ignatieff, NDP Leader Bro. Jack Layton and Bloc Québécois Leader Bro. Gilles Duceppe.
"It is a very noble life," he added. "Thank you for what you are doing."