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 5 of 1423)


June 9, 1993

Mr. Mulroney:

For the country, I see, I am sorry I missed that.

In that case he would be interested in the following statement today that "the leader of Prince Edward Island's New Democrats is quitting his post for three months and collecting unemployment insurance to save the NDP party money".

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   LEADERSHIP CAMPAIGN
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June 9, 1993

Right Hon. Brian Mulroney (Prime Minister):

Madam Speaker, my hon. friend says that his indignation has everything to do with government.

If I may, Madam Speaker, I do this reluctantly but I will read the next paragraph.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   LEADERSHIP CAMPAIGN
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June 9, 1993

Right Hon. Brian Mulroney (Prime Minister):

Madam Speaker, I have not read the report to which my hon. friend refers. There is a general agreement in countries around the world that President Salinas is an enlightened leader whose tenure marks a very significant departure from the events of the past.

He is widely recognized as a reformer who is trying to improve the lot of low income Mexicans, not by receiving handouts from Canada or the United States but by trading their way to prosperity.

For many years that party has asked that we provide more and more foreign aid, more and more handouts. President Salinas is saying: "No, I do not want any charity. I do not want any handouts. I do not want any foreign aid. What I want is an equality of opportunity to trade into an industrialized market, thereby raising the prosperity of all of my citizens, thereby elevating the degree of social justice in Mexico, and thereby becoming a better partner of Canada and the United States".

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   HUMAN RIGHTS
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June 9, 1993

Right Hon. Brian Mulroney (Prime Minister):

Madam Speaker, if it were as simple as my hon. friend suggests then of course it would have been done.

We were informed by the president of Brazil and by the minister of justice of Brazil that the suggestions of any degree of automatic reaction were misleading and unhelpful both to the case and inconsistent with judicial traditions in Brazil.

I raised the matter myself with the former president of Brazil. We engaged the minister of justice in Brazil on this very actively. We have been pursuing this case vigorously and very enthusiastically. We share the deep sympathy my friend expresses for Ms. Lamont and Mr. Spencer.

We thought the decision was very unfortunate as we thought the sentence was inappropriate. Brazil has its own judicial traditions, as do we. One of them is that it is resistant to intrusion and invasion from the political sector as it ought to be.

Routine Proceedings

That being said I have thought for some time that perhaps the best way to deal with this was to secure expeditious passage of the transfer of offenders act in Brazil which would allow us to seek the transfer of Ms. Lamont and Mr. Spencer from Brazil to Canada, thereby subjecting them to review by the National Parole Board of Canada and conditions in Canadian jails as opposed to those that prevail elsewhere.

This piece of legislation passed congress. I am informed that it is before the senate. We are pressing with every degree of energy to have this legislation passed before the Brazilian senate because we plan to invoke it as quickly as possible.

We believe that perhaps the most expeditious way, not the only one, of securing justice and at least some fairness for these two Canadians is to bring about their return to Canada very expeditiously so they will be subject to Canadian laws in Canada, reviewed by Canadian officials and I am sure liberation at a much earlier date.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
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June 9, 1993

Mr. Mulroney:

I have to tell my hon. friend I would be happy if she would table the document to which she refers because I have not-she is ready to table it. I am sure that at an appropriate time she will table it and we will take a look at it. We may be the few people in Canada who will understand what she has been talking about.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   EMPLOYMENT
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