This is the man the Liberlas hated . He and his party were traitors to the Canadian Cause when they negociated the Free Trade Agreement with the US. The Liberals in the Commons at the time , Shelia Copps and Brian Tobin , whose knowledge of trade you could write on a post note, lashed out at the Conservatives and Mulroney in nasty , unparliamentary terms. They even promised to tear up the Agreement once they were elected. Characteristically, they did not tear it up once elected.
Copps and Tobin are still around, no doubt hiding under some stump on this one .
Mulroney not only made history on International Free Trade Agreements but in this country he signed with me and our Ministers The Atlantic Accord providing the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador the same rights to offshore oil and gas royalties as if those resources were on land—something that Justin Trudeau’s father , Pierre Eliot Trudeau , refused to do over and over again even though he and his Ministers including Jean Chrétien always tried to imply and persuade apologists that they would do it. They never did.
IT TOOK MULRONEY , WITH A COURT DECISION IN HIS HAND SAYING THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAD FULL CONTROL OVER OFFSHORE RESOURCES, TO IGNORE THAT DECISION , AND COURAGEOUSLY FINALIZE A DEAL WITH TINY NEWFOUDLAND , PROVIDING JUSTICE AND FAIR PLAY TO FEDERAL PROVICIAL RELATIONS.
And now, putting the past aside , and acting like the true statesman he is , Mulroney is helping his country once again . Bravo for Mulroney !
History will be kind to Brian Mulroney!
Here is a CBC story on the trade matter :
‘Brian Mulroney to meet with key Canada-U.S. cabinet committee
Ex-PM as well as his former U.S. ambassador briefing ministers tomorrow as NAFTA renegotiation unfolds
By Nick Gamache, CBC News Posted: Apr 05, 2017 8:56 AM ET Last Updated: Apr 05, 2017 11:33 AM ET
Members of the cabinet committee that oversees Canada-U.S. relations are set to hear from someone who has plenty of experience negotiating with the United States: former prime minister Brian Mulroney.
Mulroney has been advising Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government since the election of Donald Trump last year.
He will continue his unofficial adviser role on Thursday when he meets with the members of the powerful cabinet committee on Canada-U.S. relations.
Mulroney’s role is unlikely to be formalized.
He will instead continue to share his insights as an elder statesman who knows the new U.S. president and his Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross personally.
Andrew Leslie, the parliamentary secretary with “special responsibilities” for Canada-U.S. affairs, said Mulroney brings excellent contacts, business acumen and the nuanced understanding of a former prime minister.
“I think it’s a brilliant idea,” Leslie said prior to Wednesday’s cabinet meeting. “He’s a well-respected elder statesman. He’s been a great friend of all of us as we work to develop our friendship and lines of communications down in the United States.
The former prime minister’s advice could be particularly relevant to the Liberal government as it tries to figure out how far the U.S. administration wants to go in the NAFTA renegotiation Trump promised.
“Tweaking is in the eye of the beholder,” Leslie said.
“The Mexicans know, the Canadians know, everybody knows, times are different. We are going to have new trade relations with people,” Commerce Secretary Ross recently told Bloomberg News.
Mulroney negotiated the original North American Free Trade Agreement between Canada, the United States and Mexico in the 1990s.
His former chief of staff — who then served as Canada’s ambassador to the U.S. — Derek Burney, also will attend the meeting to offer his insight at the request of the committee’s chair, Transport Minister Marc Garneau.
Burney, a diplomat prior to joining Mulroney’s office, played a central role in negotiating both Canada’s bilateral free trade agreement with the United States and the NAFTA talks that followed.