Fonds CLAR - Joe Clark fonds

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Joe Clark fonds

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CLAR

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  • 1970-2008 (Creation)
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    Clark, Charles Joseph (Joe)

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  • 2.20 m of textual records
  • 266 photographs
  • 54 audio cassettes
  • 20 videocassettes
  • 1 CD

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(1939-)

Biographical history

Charles Joseph (Joe) Clark was born on June 5, 1939 and raised in High River, Alberta. Clark attended the University of Alberta, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in Political Science. Clark began his political career in the late 1960s first serving at the chief assistant to Alberta provincial Opposition Leader Robert Standfield. In 1972, Clark was elected to the House of Commons as MP for Rocky Mountain, Alberta. Following Standfield's resignation, Clark was elected national leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada in 1976, also assuming the title of Leader of the Official Opposition. In the May 1979 general election, Clark became Prime Minister of Canada, winning the election with a minority government. Clark and the PC Party remained in Prime Ministerial Office until the following February 1980 election. Clark remained leader of the PC Party until 1983, when Brian Mulroney took leadership. The Progressive Conservatives under Mulroney won the 1984 federal election, and Clark served the Mulroney cabinet as Secretary of State for External Affairs. Clark then later served as the President of the Queen's Privy Council between 1991 and 1993. Clark retired from politics in 1993, but returned in 1998 after being elected leader of the Progressive Conservative Party for a second time. Clark continued leadership until 2003, when the PC Party and the Canadian Alliance Party were dissolved into the new Conservative Party of Canada. Since officially retiring in 2004, Clark has served as a public figure in both Canada and the United States. He was appointed a Companion to the Order of Canada in 1994 and was honoured the Award for Excellence in the Cause of Parliamentary Democracy in 1994 by Canada's Churchill Society for the Advancement of Parliamentary Democracy in recognition of his lifetime achievements.

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The records were donated to the Archives and Research Collections by Joe Clark in 2013.

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The fonds consist of records created and accumulated by Joe Clark documenting his political life as member of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada as well as his role as a public political figure in Canada and the international community. The fonds consists of six series: Speeches and Presentations (1972-2008), News Releases (1973-1982), Campaign & Promotional Material (1976-2000), Public Engagement (1974-1998), Personal Material (1979-2004), Policy Notes & Publications (1979-2000).

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