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In pictures: Jean Chrétien's birthday party honours 50 years of public service

More than 700 current and former politicians of all party stripes, business leaders and party faithful have bought tickets to the sold-out Toronto event, at $400 a pop

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Jean Chrétien, left, and his wife. Aline, head to an event honouring the former Liberal prime minister’s 80th birthday and 50 years in public service in Toronto on Jan. 21, 2014.

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Jean Chrétien greets Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau as Aline Chrétien looks on at the 50 Years of Standing Up for Canada event in Toronto on Jan. 21, 2014.

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Mr. Chrétien greets partygoers at Tuesday night’s party.

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Mr. Chrétien gestures toward Stéphane Dion, one of his successors as Liberal Leader, in Toronto on Jan. 21, 2014.

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Mr. Chrétien is greeted by Dalton McGuinty, former Liberal premier of Ontario, in Toronto on Jan. 21, 2014.

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Former Quebec premier Jean Charest speaks about Mr. Chrétien at Tuesday night’s festivities.

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Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne speaks about Mr. Chrétien at Tuesday night’s festivities.

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John Crosbie speaks about Mr. Chrétien at Tuesday night’s festivities.

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Former liberal leader Bob Rae speaks to the media about Mr. Chrétien at Tuesday night’s event.

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Roy Romanow speaks about Mr. Chrétien at Tuesday night’s festivities.

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Jean Chretien cuts his birthday cake after speaking at the 50 Years of Standing Up for Canada event on Jan. 21, 2014.

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Bob Rae sings Happy Birthday Mr. Chrétien as former Quebec premier Jean Charest, middle, looks on.

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Mr. Chrétien speaks at the 50 Years of Standing Up for Canada event in Toronto on Jan. 21, 2014.

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