Biography of Brian Mulroney

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Biography of Brian Mulroney
Martin Brian Mulroney was born on March 20th, 1939 in the small town of Baie Comeau, Quebec. Mulroney was the 18th Prime Minister of Canada. He was in office from September 17th, 1984, to June 25th, 1993 and was the leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada from 1983 to 1993. Before going into politics Brian Mulroney attended university and received a Bachelor of Arts at St. Francis Xavier University and a Bachelor of Civil Law at Laval University. After Graduating from Laval in 1964, Mulroney joined the Montreal law firm now known as Oglivy Renault, which at the time was the largest law firm in the Commonwealth of Nations. His time at the firm built up his reputation because they enjoyed his charming personality. He was noted for resolving many strikes within Montreal, which further enhanced his reputation.

Mulroney entered his first leadership race to replace Stanfield of the Progressive Conservatives, but lost to Claude Wagner in 1975-76. Following this, Mulroney took the job of Executive Vice President of the Iron Ore Company of Canada. Mulroney earned a lucrative salary, well into the six-figure range. In 1977, he was appointed company President. Mulroney had a hard time coming to terms with his loss of the leadership race, suffering from alcohol abuse and depression. In 1979, he completely quit drinking. Mulroney maintained and expanded his extensive political networking among business leaders and conservatives across the country. As his business reputation grew, he was invited onto several corporate boards. He turned down an offer to run in a Quebec by-election as a federal Liberal.

Mulroney defeated John Turner in the 1984 election and became Canada’s 18th Prime Minister. In his first term he had the first conservative majority government in 26 years. It seemed as if Mulroney was able to take Canada in any direction he wanted, but his support was made up of socially conservative populists from the...
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