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Joe Clark

PC CC AOE
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16th Prime Minister of Canada
In office
June 4, 1979 – March 3, 1980
Monarch Elizabeth II
Preceded by Pierre Trudeau
Succeeded by Pierre Trudeau
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Rocky Mountain
In office
January 4, 1973 – March 26, 1979
Preceded by Allen Sulatycky
Succeeded by None (district abolished)
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Yellowhead
In office
October 9, 1978 – September 8, 1993
Preceded by None (district created)
Succeeded by Cliff Breitkreuz
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Kings—Hants
In office
September 11, 2000 – October 22, 2000
Preceded by Scott Brison
Succeeded by Scott Brison
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Calgary Centre
In office
January 29, 2001 – May 23, 2004
Preceded by Eric Lowther
Succeeded by Lee RichardsonLee Richardson
Personal details
Born June 5, 1939 (1939-06-05) (age 80)
High River, Alberta
Political party Progressive Conservative
Spouse(s) Maureen McTeer
Children Catherine Clark
Residence Calgary, Alberta
Alma mater University of Alberta
Occupation Journalist, Businessman, Professor
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Charles Joseph "Joe" Clark, PC CC AOE (born June 5, 1939) is a Canadian elder statesman, businessman, writer, and politician who served as the 16th Prime Minister of Canada, from June 4, 1979 to March 3, 1980.

Despite his relative inexperience, Clark rose quickly in federal politics, entering the House of Commons in the 1972 election and winning the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party in 1976. He came to power in the 1979 election, defeating the Liberal government of Pierre Trudeau and ending sixteen years of continuous Liberal rule. Taking office the day before his 40th birthday, Clark is the youngest person to become Prime Minister. His tenure was brief as he only won a minority government, and it was defeated on a motion of non-confidence. Clark's Progressive Conservative Party lost the 1980 election and Clark lost the leadership of the party in 1983.

He returned to prominence in 1984 as a senior cabinet minister in Brian Mulroney's cabinet, retiring from politics after not standing for re-election for the House of Commons in 1993. He made a political comeback in 1998 to lead the Progressive Conservatives in their last stand before the party's eventual dissolution, serving his final term in Parliament from 2000 to 2004. Clark today serves as a university professor and as president of his own consulting firm.

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