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Former prime minister Chretien hospitalized in Hong Kong with a kidney stone

Former prime minister Jean Chretien participates in an interview in Ottawa on Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. Former Liberal prime minister Jean Chretien in hospital in Hong Kong.
Image Credit: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
July 09, 2019 - 1:44 PM

OTTAWA - A spokesman for Jean Chretien says the former Canadian prime minister is receiving treatment to remove a kidney stone in Hong Kong.

Bruce Hartley, a former executive assistant to Chretien, says he will return to Canada following treatment to remove it.

Chretien, 85, was scheduled to speak at the U.S-China Trade and Economic Relations Forum in Hong Kong today.

Instead he was taken to hospital shortly after landing in the semi-independent Chinese territory Monday evening.

Tung Chee-hwa, a former leader of the semi-independent Chinese territory, told attendees at conference that Chretien would not be able to make it to the event.

Expanding trade with China was a theme in Chretien's time in office and he's continued working on business links between China and North America since he went back to private life.

"I want to deliver an apology because Jean Chretien, the prime minister of Canada, he arrived here very late last night," Tung said, according to a transcript of his remarks. "And we were supposed to have breakfast together. But he has not been well. And as a precaution, we have taken him to a hospital. We think it is going to be all right. So wish him all the best."

News from © The Canadian Press, 2019
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