Brian Mulroney: A Canadian Icon Passes

A somber day as Canada mourns a visionary leader.

by Nouman Rasool
Brian Mulroney: A Canadian Icon Passes
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Former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, who was an influential figure on American-Canadian issues, died in a hospital in Palm Beach, Florida. His daughter, Caroline Mulroney, confirmed the news on X in an emotional statement which read: "It is with great sadness that our family announces the death of my father, the Right Hon.

Brian Mulroney, 18th prime minister of Canada. He died peacefully surrounded by loved ones." He was undergoing medical treatment to recover from his injuries after a recent fall. His health had improved in the last summer following a recent heart procedure, and he beat prostate cancer back in 2023.

Mulroney will be acknowledged for his diplomacy and charm that helped him shape a landmark comprehensive free trade deal with the United States and befitting his international-relation legacy. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued a post on social media after Mulroney's passing, in which he lauded him for his unending commitment and devotion to the welfare of the Canadian people.

"The news of his passing has left me devastated," Trudeau spoke on X. "He was an indefatigable advocate for Canada, always striving to make Canada a better place in every way that he could. He was bottomlessly wise, and full of energy; I was grateful for his guidance over the years."

Mulroney's Legacy

He is survived by his wife, Mila, and their four children – Mark, Caroline, Nicolas, and Ben, interestingly married to Meghan Markle's friend Jessica Mulrjson.

His leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party, from 1983 to 1993, culminated in an unprecedented victory in the national elections of 1984, thus bringing a Conservative majority government to Canada for the first time in 26 years.

And, in fact, it was only towards the end of Mulroney's time in office that a new direction for Canadian foreign policy was determined: the very close relationship with the United States, driven almost solely by Mulroney's close relationship with President Ronald Reagan and ending in the free trade agreement.

Tributes poured forth from all points of the political compass and most quarters of Canadian life, a perspective of Mulroney's impact on Canadian society that continues to be keen. Canada's Conservative leader, Pierre Poilievre, remembers how Mulroney contributed to freedom by fighting against apartheid policy in South Africa.

"He was a great champion for Western values and a freedom fighter alongside Nelson Mandela," Poilievre said, recalling Mulroney's roots in advocacy for justice and liberty.