Brian Mulroney

Brian Mulroney

Prime Minister of Canada
Date of Birth: 20.03.1939
Country: Canada

  1. Biography of Brian Mulroney
  2. Early Career
  3. Prime Ministerial Achievements

Biography of Brian Mulroney

Brian Mulroney, born on March 20, 1939 in Baie-Comeau, Quebec, was the Prime Minister of Canada. At the age of 16, he enrolled in St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, where he obtained a degree in political science. He further studied law at Dalhousie University in Halifax and Laval University in Quebec, graduating in 1962.

Early Career

During his university years, Mulroney actively participated in the Progressive Conservative Party. After obtaining his law degree, he began working at a law firm in Montreal and eventually became a partner. Simultaneously, he continued to work energetically in the structures of the Conservative Party, focusing on financial matters. In 1968 and 1972, he worked on the party's election committees. In 1976, Mulroney ran for the leadership of the party but lost to Joe Clark. That same year, he became the Executive Vice President of the Iron Ore Company of Canada. In 1977, he assumed the role of president of the company and used every opportunity to strengthen his popularity and garner support for his leadership candidacy. On June 11, 1983, his efforts paid off, and Mulroney emerged victorious over Clark during the party's convention. On September 4, 1984, Mulroney led his party to a triumphant victory in Quebec, winning the majority of votes in all 10 provinces. This marked the first time since 1958 that the Conservatives presented themselves as a national political force rather than a regional one. Known as a political centrist and supporter of compromises, Mulroney united Canadian conservatives of various views, smoothing out regional conflicts. As a bilingual Quebec native of Irish descent, Mulroney appeared to be a "guy from their own" to francophones in his home province, while his commitment to the idea of Canadian unity resonated with English Canadians in other regions of the country.

Prime Ministerial Achievements

During his first term as Prime Minister, Mulroney succeeded in revitalizing the economy, achieving an annual growth rate of 3% in national income. Despite scandals in his administration and widespread criticism of the signed agreement, his party managed to maintain a parliamentary majority in the elections held on November 21, 1988. During his second term, Mulroney made several attempts to implement a constitutional agreement that would satisfy Quebec's claims for a "special" status. The agreement, reached between Mulroney and the premiers of the provinces in Meech Lake, Quebec, in April 1987, did not come into legal force as the legislatures of the two provinces failed to ratify it by the agreed deadline in June 1990. The second agreement, signed in August 1992 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, was rejected in a nationwide referendum in October 1992. The failure of the Meech Lake Accord and the deep and longest-lasting economic crisis in Canada's post-war history that erupted in early 1990 diminished Mulroney's popularity. The introduction of the Goods and Services Tax on January 1, 1991, further intensified criticism against the Progressive Conservatives. In December 1992, Mulroney, along with the Presidents of the United States and Mexico, signed the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), despite sharp criticism of the agreement in Canada. In February 1993, Mulroney's popularity dropped to a record low of 17%, and on February 24, 1993, he announced his resignation as leader of the Progressive Conservative Party and as Prime Minister. On June 13, 1993, Kim Campbell, the Minister of National Defense in Mulroney's cabinet, was elected as the leader of the Progressive Conservatives. Mulroney officially left the position of Prime Minister on June 25, 1993. After leaving politics, he became a member of the boards of several American and Canadian corporations.