Remembering Prime Minister Brian Mulroney

Brian Mulroney PC CC GOQ served as the 18th prime minister of Canada from 1984 to 1993. I had the great honour of serving as a Ministerial staffer during 8 years of the Mulroney’s Government.

The Boy from Bay Comeau. A towering figure who transformed Canada and the world from Free Trade, Apartheid, the disintegration of the Soviet Union, Acid Rain, the Persian Gulf War, NAFTA, and many more policy changes that remain with Canada today and his valiant attempts to reform Canada’s constitution. Prime Minister Mulroney changed the world. His involvement in politics began in Nova Scotia and his connection to the our province lasted a lifetime.

Here we were at the first PC Christmas Party in the Hall of Honour, Centre Block December 1984. I was 23.

Last week, I placed my personal photo of Prime Minister Mulroney, his official PM portrait, on the desk of the Prime Minister, to commemorate his lasting and incredible transformative contribution to our country.

I will always be proud to have been a member of his team as a young political staffer. He was a consequential leader with an indelible political legacy and an even greater personal one. He built enormous loyalty, including mine, because he cared about people. My condolences to Mrs. Mulroney, Ben, Caroline, Mark and Nicholas and his grandchildren.

Rest in peace Sir.

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