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Shawinigan is a city in the Province of Quebec, Canada on the Saint-Maurice River. It is the hometown of former Prime Minister of Canada Jean Chrétien. It has a population of approximately 53,042 people (2003).

There is a large hydroelectric station at Shawinigan Falls near the city. In 1901, the first aluminum ingot in Canada was produced here. Other industries include pulp and paper, chemical production and textiles.

The name of the city means "portage at the crest" in Algonquian which referred to the waterfall which was found nearby. Up until 1958, the city was known as Shawinigan Falls.

Famous people born in Shawinigan include:

In 2002 it amalgamated with much of the MRC Le Centre-de-la-Mauricie.

Mauricie (04)

La Tuque City | Shawinigan City | Trois-Rivières City | Les Chenaux | Maskinongé | Mékinac |

Neighbouring regions: Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean | Capitale-Nationale | Outaouais | Abitibi-Témiscamingue | Lanaudière | Laurentides | Centre-du-Québec

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Jean Chrétien - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (4083 words)
Born in Shawinigan, Quebec, as the 18th of 19 children (a number of whom did not survive infancy) to Willie Chrétien and Marie Boisvert, Jean Chrétien studied law at Université Laval.
Chrétien practised law in Shawinigan until he was first elected to the Canadian House of Commons in the Canadian Shawnigan-based riding, renamed Saint-Maurice, for 23 years.
The move was dubbed the Shawinigan Handshake by the press, after Chrétien's hometown of Shawnigan.
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