Jean Chrétien is Alive and Well and Crashing in Toronto
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Jean Chrétien is Alive and Well and Crashing in Toronto

Remember Jean Chrétien? We haven’t heard much about the former prime minister in some time (dude’s been off the map ever since Paul Martin forced him off it). Well, Mizalaina of the Toronto LiveJournal community spotted Chrétien earlier today in downtown Toronto, and has one hell of a story to go along with it:

So an hour ago I’m walking north along York St. I hear a crash ahead of me and see a van drive up onto the sidewalk, smashing into the wall beside 145 King West. I dash up to see the van teetering two feet in the air, and that two other cars were involved: a minivan or SUV or something, and a black car with government license plates. Apparently, from what I could tell from the conversation around me, the driver of the van was disabled and couldn’t get out. The drivers of the other cars were standing around, talking on their cell phones.
I went down the ramp to get my car. As I drove to the top of the ramp, I saw the back door of the government car open. Out stepped… Jean Chretien. I swear.

It sounds as if Jean and the other drivers were shaken up but are doing alright. All we have to do now is see how long it takes Royal Canadian Air Farce to bring back his character to talk about how he’s not “poopular” anymore or something. That’d be hilarious.
Photo of Chrétien from the 1996 Leader’s Summit from the Munk Centre’s G8 website, shamelessly manipulated by David Topping for extra Chrétien action. Thanks to Torontoist’s own Karen Whaley for the tip.