Former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney Dies at 84

( – Martin Brian Mulroney served as the prime minister of Canada from 1984 to 1993. He passed away recently at the age of 84. The former PM left behind a legacy full of accomplishments and diplomacy.

On February 29, Mulroney passed away at a US hospital in Palm Beach, Florida, where he lived. The conservative was hospitalized after taking a fall at his home. His daughter, Caroline Mulroney, announced his death on X, formerly Twitter. She said that he “died peacefully, surrounded by family.”

Mulroney had a successful career as a corporate lawyer before becoming involved in politics. He also served as the president of the Iron Ore Company of Canada in the late 1970s and early 1980s. During this time, he battled with alcoholism and depression but was able to get sober with the support of his wife, Mila.

Former Toronto Star reporter Jim Coyle wrote an op-ed for the news organization after Mulroney died, noting that the former prime minister congratulated him when he got sober, and said, “But most of all I want to congratulate your wife!” Coyle explained Mulroney knew how the disease impacted families and was often supportive of people who were struggling.

In 1976, while Mulroney was working for the Iron Ore Company, he decided to run to lead the Progressive Conservatives. He lost the election, but won in 1983. His win surprised many, as he was not even an elected member of Parliament at the time. That changed two months later, when he became an MP for Central Nova, Nova Scotia.

In 1984, Mulroney won the first conservative victory in nearly 30 years. He spent his time in office forging strong ties with the United States and Republican President Ronald Reagan. He completely changed the Canadian economy by helping tie it closer together with the US through the establishment of the Northern American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Mulroney delivered a eulogy at Reagan’s funeral in 2004.

Fred Ryan, chairman of the board at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, told POLITICO that the relationship between the two leaders was the reason for “one of the most important periods in the history” of America and Canada.

Former President George W. Bush once credited Mulroney with helping to end the Cold War. The former prime minister gave a touching eulogy for the elder Bush when he died five years ago.

Mulroney was also a neighbor of former President Donald Trump and had a good relationship with him as well.

Canada is planning a state funeral for the late PM.

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