“Yesterday’s Man”

The derisive put down of political veteran Jean Chrétien [see Little Guy from Shawinigan] when he ran (for the second time) for the Liberal Leadership in 1990 and, subsequently for Prime Minister in 1993. He achieved both.

The handle was meant to portray Chrétien, who had first been elected to Parliament in 1963 and had held virtually every senior portfolio in the cabinets of Pierre Trudeau, as a relic from another era, badly out of touch with the reality of Canada in the 1990s.

Today the epithet “Yesterday’s Man” can be expected to be thrown at any veteran candidate or one who comes out of retirement from politics to once again seek public office.

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