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A project is in the works in Chretien's hometown of Shawinigan, Que., to display gifts given to the former prime minister from foreign leaders

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Robert Trudel, director-general at la cite de l'energie, stands in a warehouse in Shawinigan, Que., filled with gifts presented to Jean Chretien while he was prime minister.

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The gifts will be ready to go on public display in a $2.6-million museum in Mr. Chretien's hometown of Shawinigan next year, backers of the project say.

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Daniel Amadei is a museum consultant and project director for the tentatively named Canada in the World Museum. The vases are from Nelson Mandela, left, and former French president Jacques Chirac.

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The vase from Jacques Chirac.

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The vase from Jacques Chirac.

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Gifts include a baseball bat signed by former U.S. president George W. Bush and a set of carved champagne flutes from former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

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Gifts include a bowl from former U.S. President Bill Clinton, left, and a beer stein from former Russian president Boris Yeltsin.

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