March 1, 2024

Former Canadian Prime Minister Dead at 84

The citizens of Canada are in mourning today.

One of the more conservative Prime Ministers the country has had in modern history has died.

It is being reported that Brian Mulroney passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday.

He’s Gone

Mulroney was the 18th Prime Minister to serve Canada, in office from September 1984 to June 1993.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed his condolences on social media, posting, "He never stopped working for Canadians, and he always sought to make this country an even better place to call home.

"I'll never forget the insights he shared with me over the years — he was generous, tireless, and incredibly passionate."

He additionally asked the people of Canada to “also acknowledge - and celebrate - Mr Mulroney's role in building the modern, dynamic, and prosperous country we all know today.”

One of the bigger accomplishments of his term was the signing of the Canada–United States Free Trade Agreement toward the end of his term.

He had also gotten Ronald Reagan to sign a treaty regarding acid rain, fought apartheid in South Africa, and modernized Canada’s air defense systems.

Upon resigning, he stated, "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.

"I've done the very best for my country and my party."

After he left office, a bit of a scandal broke regarding funds he received from a known arms dealer and lobbyist, Karlheinz Schreiber.

When asked about it, he stated, "My second biggest mistake in life, for which I have no one to blame but myself, is having accepted payments in cash from Karlheinz Schreiber.

"My biggest mistake in life - by far - was ever agreeing to be introduced to Karlheinz Schreiber in the first place."

Mulroney is survived by his wife and four children.

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