Canada mourns the loss of former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney

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Brian Mulroney

1st March 2024 – (Ottawa) Canada is in a state of mourning following the announcement of the death of its distinguished former leader, Brian Mulroney, who served as the country’s 18th Prime Minister. His passing at the age of 84 was confirmed by his daughter, Caroline Mulroney, through a heartfelt message shared on social media on Thursday.

In a statement that resonated with both personal loss and national grief, Caroline Mulroney conveyed the news: “On behalf of my mother and our family, it is with great sadness we announce the passing of my father. He died peacefully, surrounded by family,” she expressed on the platform X, which has taken the place of Twitter.

Mulroney’s tenure at the helm of Canadian politics, from 1984 to 1993, was marked by a series of transformative policies that shaped the nation’s economic and social landscape. His leadership was underscored by significant trade agreements, including the landmark Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement, which subsequently led to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), involving Mexico.

Mulroney’s government also introduced the Goods and Services Tax (GST), a policy move that, while controversial at the time, has since been recognised as a significant step towards modernising the Canadian tax system.