Martin Brian MULRONEY

MULRONEY, The Right Hon. Martin Brian, P.C., C.C., G.O.Q., B.A., LL.L.

Personal Data

Party
Progressive Conservative
Constituency
Charlevoix (Quebec)
Birth Date
March 20, 1939
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_Mulroney
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=1335c5d9-2c4e-4ed4-b8d2-c85f1099e8d8&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
author, corporate executive, lawyer

Parliamentary Career

August 29, 1983 - July 9, 1984
PC
  Central Nova (Nova Scotia)
  • Leader of the Official Opposition (August 29, 1983 - September 16, 1984)
September 4, 1984 - October 1, 1988
PC
  Manicouagan (Quebec)
  • Leader of the Official Opposition (August 29, 1983 - September 16, 1984)
  • Prime Minister (September 17, 1984 - June 24, 1993)
November 21, 1988 - September 8, 1993
PC
  Charlevoix (Quebec)
  • Prime Minister (September 17, 1984 - June 24, 1993)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 1423)


June 16, 1993

Right Hon. Brian Mulroney (Prime Minister):

Madam Speaker, if my hon. friend is asking whether under

NAFTA the provinces lose jurisdiction over the control of natural resources, in this case logs, the answer is no.

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June 16, 1993

Mr. Mulroney:

This is my last day in the House of Commons as Prime Minister of Canada. I have been very privileged to have been accorded the opportunity of serving with all of you. We seek to defend the interests of Canada in different ways and in different political parties but the commonality of our approach in the most important values is that at the end of the day everyone in the major political parties in this House has sought to defend their beliefs that Canada is and Canada must remain the finest united country in the entire world in which to live.

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June 16, 1993

Right Hon. Brian Mulroney (Prime Minister):

Madam Speaker, my hon. friend and I share many things, including the view that racism is of course a profound evil and the bane of the existence of any so-called civilized society. Unfortunately we are a country of 28 million people and we are going to have our share of kooks, nuts and racists. This in no way reflects the great and quite noble traditions of Canadians.

I remember when I came in as Prime Minister one of the things that struck me was the fact that for decades requests had been made for a royal commission of inquiry into the Nazi war crimes and the fact that Nazi war criminals might be living in Canada. I shared the view that this was a horrible thought to consider, and we immediately appointed a royal commission. I think prosecutions ensued.

Another matter came up. I remember my hon. friend's active and constructive participation in the question of racism directed against Japanese Canadians. For 40 years Japanese Canadians had suffered extreme damage. It was a profound racist act by the Government of Canada. This government came in and corrected it with the help

June 16, 1993

Oral Questions

of all members of the opposition. I thank my hon. friend for it.

That is the kind of leadership all political parties tend to follow in Canada. Those two instances were powerful signals to those kooks and nuts in Canada that they were a tiny minority and would be dealt with vigorously and effectively by a vigilant citizenry.

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June 16, 1993

Right Hon. Brian Mulroney (Prime Minister):

Madam Speaker, my hon. friend knows that in the past with regard to free trade and again with regard to NAFTA, questions of culture were raised and the answer was no. There were questions on whether we were going to export all our water and the answer was no. There were questions on natural resources. Questions on Canadian blood were raised and the answer was no.

My hon. friend knows the answer to his question. I gave him the answer. He asked whether I am prepared to write to the President of the United States and the President of Mexico. I am so confident of the position I have just given my hon. friend that I am prepared to resign on this question.

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June 16, 1993

Mr. Mulroney:

She is our first elected Prime Minister from British Columbia. She brings to the post of Prime Minister very impressive skills, a strong dedication to public service, a sharp sense of history and a very powerful love of Canada.

The leadership of a modem democracy in these difficult economic times is a great challenge. The most important responsibility of a Canadian Prime Minister as all members of the House know and as prime ministers of any political party have learned is the preservation and enhancement of Canadian unity.

Since I took on the responsibilities of Prime Minister of Canada nearly nine years ago, national unity has been my constant concern. Although we did not succeed in completely rebuilding the unity of Canada's constitutional family, I have always felt that Canadians everywhere have a profound love for and a fierce pride in their country. Whether we are from Bonavista, Baie-Comeau or Burnaby, whether we speak French or English, we all share the immense privilege of being Canadian citizens.

Canadians place great expectations and properly so on the shoulders of their elected leaders of all political

June 16, 1993

parties, leaders of the opposition, leaders of the House and leaders of the government. These must be borne seriously and serenely in sometimes quite difficult circumstances.

The member for Vancouver Centre has already demonstrated great poise, sound judgment and clear vision of public policy in three portfolios. I think she is marvellously equipped to discharge the responsibilities of the office of Prime Minister with efficiency, decisiveness and compassion.

I know I speak for all members of the House irrespective of politics when I say that all members and all Canadians wish her Godspeed and well.

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