Former Prime Minister of Canada Brian Mulroney dead at 84


Brian Mulroney, the ex-Prime Minister of Canada who served from 1984 to 1993, passed away at the age of 84.

The 18th Prime Minister in Canada's history, a conservative leader, peacefully passed away surrounded by family, as announced by his daughter on social media.

Mulroney's tenure as prime minister is chiefly recalled for advancing a free trade agreement, which ultimately evolved into the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) involving the United States and Mexico. This accord was officially signed in December 1992.

NAFTA, a contentious trade pact, aimed to eliminate the majority of tariffs and other trade impediments on goods and services traded among the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

"He never stopped working for Canadians, and he always sought to make this country an even better place to call home," Justin Trudeau posted on X.

Trudeau's full statement:

“I learned with great sadness today of the death of the Right Honourable Brian Mulroney, former Prime Minister of Canada.

“Mr. Mulroney loved Canada. After a distinguished business and legal career, he became Prime Minister in 1984 and made significant progress on important issues here at home and around the world. He negotiated the Canada-United States Free Trade Agreement and, later, the expanded North American Free Trade Agreement with the United States and Mexico. He worked hard to build bridges between French and English Canada. He was at the forefront of environmental issues, helping secure an air quality agreement with the United States to reduce acid rain, championing the first Canadian Environmental Protection Act, and creating several new national parks. And he exemplified Canadian values, standing up against apartheid in South Africa.

“After leaving office, Mr. Mulroney continued to lead an active life, serving on corporate boards and becoming chair of Quebecor Inc. and Forbes Global Business and Finance. He was also a senior partner at Norton Rose Fulbright Canada, a Montréal-based international law firm, for almost 30 years. Mr. Mulroney never stopped working for Canadians, and he always sought to make this country an even better place to call home.

“For his many accomplishments, Mr. Mulroney received numerous honours and awards, including the Order of Canada, the Ordre national du Québec, and the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service. A globally respected and recognized leader, Mr. Mulroney was also awarded some of the highest recognitions from governments around the world.

“As we mourn his passing and keep his family and friends in our thoughts, let us also acknowledge – and celebrate – Mr. Mulroney’s role in building the modern, dynamic, and prosperous country we all know today.”

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