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Brian Mulroney

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    Brian Mulroney

    Brian Mulroney believed that the Progressive Conservatives must win Quebec to win the country and proved it by coming to power in 1984 with the largest majority government in Canadian history. By the time Mulroney retired as Prime Minister of Canada in 1993, his personal popularity was lower than that of any other Prime Minister in Canadian history, and the Progressive Conservative Party was faced with a struggle to maintain its existence.

    One goal Brian Mulroney had as Prime Minister of Canada was to bring Quebec into the Canadian constitution, and he came close. In the end, both the Meech Lake Accord in 1987 and the Charlottetown Accord in 1992 were defeated, and Canadians had grown tired of constitutional wrangling.

    Prime Minister of Canada

    1984-93

    Highlights as Prime Minister

    Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement 1988
    North American Free Trade Agreement - NAFTA 1992
    Canada Multiculturalism Act 1988
    Canadian participation in Gulf War 1991
    Goods and Service Tax 1991
    Nunavut Settlement Agreement 1993
    Birth

    March 20, 1939 in Baie Comeau. Quebec

    Education

    BA - St. Francis Xavier University
    LL.L - Laval University
    Professional Background

    Lawyer
    Member of the Cliche Commission on Industrial Violence 1974-75
    President, Iron Ore Company 1977-83
    Senior Partner, Ogilvy Renault (now Norton Rose Fulbright)
    Chairman of Quebecor
    Political Affiliation

    Progressive Conservative

    Ridings (Electoral Districts)

    Central Nova 1983-84
    Manicouagan 1984-88
    Charlevoix 1988-93
    Political Career of Brian Mulroney

    In his first bid for the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party Brian Mulroney was defeated by Joe Clark in 1976.
    Brian Mulroney was elected Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party in 1983.
    He won a seat in the House of Commons later in 1983.
    Brian Mulroney was Leader of the Opposition from 1983 to 1984.
    In the general election of 1984 Brian Mulroney led the Progressive Conservatives to the largest majority in Canadian history.
    Brian Mulroney was sworn in as Prime Minister in 1984.
    The Progressive Conservatives won a second majority government in 1988 campaigning for free trade with the United States.
    Brian Mulroney resigned in 1993 and returned to Montreal to practice law.
    Kim Campbell became the next prime minister of Canada.