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Brian Mulroney

Prime Minister of Canada 1984-1993, Senior Partner at Norton Rose

Brian Mulroney joined the Montréal office of Norton Rose upon graduating from law school and practised law until 1976. He went on to serve as President of the Iron Ore Company of Canada before entering politics, becoming Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada in 1983 and Leader of the Official Opposition in the House of Commons, to which he was first elected in 1983 and re-elected in 1984 and 1988.

In September 1984, Mr. Mulroney led the Progressive Conservative party to the largest victory in Canadian history, becoming Canada's eighteenth Prime Minister. He was re-elected with a majority government four years later, thus becoming the first Canadian Prime Minister in 35 years to win successive majority governments and the first Conservative Prime Minister to do so in 100 years. He resigned in June 1993, having served almost 9 years as Prime Minister.

His government introduced bold new initiatives such as the Canada-US Free Trade Agreement, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the Canada-US Acid Rain Treaty. Prime Minister Mulroney's government also introduced a series of privatizations, a low inflation policy, historic tax reform, extensive deregulation and expenditure reduction policies that continue to be the basis of Canada's impressive economic performance today.

Prime Minister Mulroney also served as Co-Chairman of the United Nations Summit on Children and his government played leading roles in the campaign against apartheid in South Africa, the creation of Le Sommet de la Francophonie and the Gulf War.

Mr. Mulroney rejoined the Montréal office of Norton Rose as a Senior Partner in 1993.
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As Prime Minister, I Supported Israel -- And I Still Do

To this day, I cannot watch footage of the faces of Jewish mothers, fathers, and children consigned to the gas chambers in German concentration camps without, as a Canadian, feeling a great sense of sorrow, loss, and guilt. The government of Canada ignored not only the plight of the Jews, but also the protests of the Canadian people and the pleading of the press. Why was nothing done? Because of political expediency; because the prime minister had a visceral distrust of Jews, and in government circles an open-door policy was very unpopular. But prime ministers are not chosen to seek popularity. They are elected to provide leadership.
05/10/2013 06:30 EDT