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One of Canada’s most influential prime leaders, Brian Mulroney, passed away at the age of 84

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The 18th prime minister of Canada, Brian Mulroney, passed away. He led his nation through a turbulent time in both domestic and international affairs. He was 84.

On social media on Thursday, 29th March, afternoon, Caroline Mulroney, his daughter, announced the news.

“On behalf of my mother and our family, it is with great sadness we announce the passing of my father, The Right Honourable Brian Mulroney, Canada’s 18th Prime Minister,” she said on X, formerly Twitter.

Mulroney passed away in a Palm Beach hospital, where he had been since a recent fall, according to a family spokesman.

Mulroney was described by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as someone who “had the courage to do big things.”

“He was committed to this country — loved it with all his heart — and served it many, many years and many different ways,” Trudeau told reporters on Thursday night. “He was an extraordinary statesman and he will be deeply deeply missed.”

Mulroney was hailed by Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre as one of Canada’s “greatest-ever statesmen.” The head of the opposition claimed that Mulroney was a “incredibly encyclopedic mind” and that he frequently sought counsel from him.

Among Canada’s most divisive prime ministers was Mulroney. Mulroney bravely took on the most difficult political issues of his day, winning over both ardent admirers and detractors with equal fervor.

Mulroney was an accomplished politician and a natural public speaker. In his capacity as prime minister, he mediated a free trade agreement with the United States and attempted, but eventually failed, to win constitutional changes that would have allowed Quebec to sign Canada’s ultimate law.

During one of the most dramatic terms of any Canadian prime minister, he privatized certain Crown enterprises, imposed a national sales tax to combat spiraling budget deficits, and vehemently opposed racial apartheid in South Africa.

“Whether one agrees with our solutions or not, none will accuse us of having chosen to evade our responsibilities by side-stepping the most controversial issues of our time,” Mulroney said in his February 1993 resignation address.

“I’ve done the very best for my country and my party.”

In 1939, Mulroney was born in the forestry town of Baie-Comeau to working-class Irish-Canadian parents. Here in this hardscrabble region in the northeast of Quebec, his father worked as an electrician in paper mills.

Mulroney was raised in a remote village divided between French and English speakers, giving him a bicultural worldview that would later come in handy in politics.

Through a fatal connection with Lowell Murray, a future senator and cabinet minister in his ministry, Mulroney developed an interest in Conservative politics. Murray persuaded his charming classmate to become a member of St. Francis Xavier University’s Progressive Conservative student organization in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.

Mulroney, a lawyer by background, became well-known in his native region as an outspoken opponent of corruption. As the head of the Cliche panel examining the botched project, Mulroney was brought in to look into Mafia connections when violence broke out at the James Bay hydroelectric dam construction site.

Mulroney became the party’s leader in 1983 after organizing opposition to then-leader Joe Clark at the leadership convention, following a failed run for the Progressive Conservative leadership in 1976. Mulroney, who had never before held public office, defeated the outgoing prime minister in the leadership thanks to the delegates from Quebec who supported him.

Mulroney guided the PCs to a majority victory in the 1984 campaign, one of the biggest electoral landslides in Canadian history, as the Liberals began to lag behind in the polls. Even though John Turner had taken over as Liberal leader before the start of the 1984 campaign, Pierre Elliott Trudeau’s occasionally stormy tenure in office was largely perceived as being up for referendum.

After Canadians supported Mulroney’s intention to create a free trade agreement with the United States, which was undoubtedly the most crucial policy of the Mulroney administration, Mulroney would win again in 1988.

 

 

 

 

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