Sep 26 2007

Mulroney in Vancouver

Published by at 11:16 pm under canadian politics,politics,Vancouver

Lots of people love to hate Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney.

I’m not one of them, though I used to be.

He’s in Vancouver this week, promoting his new book. Evidently, the reviews coming out of Toronto for Mulroney’s memoirs have been less than generous.

Rightly or not, Mulroney’s administration became synonymous with corruption and pork-barrel politics. The Meech Lake constitutional mess nearly tore the country apart, and the GST made my comic books and chocolate bars more expensive (yes, well, I was still in high school at the time).

The first time I voted in a Canadian federal election, I enthusiastically marked my ballot for Jean Chretien. That Kim Campbell wasn’t Mulroney made no difference. I was voting for change.

The country did change, but not the way I thought it would. Thanks to Mulroney’s GST, the Liberals that took office were able to boast billion-dollar surplus budgets (after they reneged on an election pledge to kill the tax). The FTA (which the Liberals also forgot to tear up after they took power) which later morphed into NAFTA sent US dollars flowing north. The Quebec sovereignty issue is still a mess, but more thanks to Chretien’s negligence and bungling than Mulroney’s active intervention. And in the end, the Liberals showed Canadians who the true masters of pork-barrel politics were.

I hope you sell lots of books, Mr. Mulroney.

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2 Responses to “Mulroney in Vancouver”

  1. on 27 Sep 2007 at 1:41 am

    I think you’re off base. Even Delacourt – the uber anti-Con – praised his book.
    As far as Meech, every Premier was behind it – it would have brought Quebec into the 82 Constitution.
    Teh only corruption I remember was Michel Cogger which was penny ante – compare that to any other government.
    I hated him too at the time but because I was young, not because he was wrong.

  2. on 27 Sep 2007 at 2:04 am

    Lemon, perhaps you didn’t read my entire blog post. I was not being ironic – I actually do wish Mulroney well with his book sales. I thought I had made it quite clear that the Mulroney-initiated GST and FTA/NAFTA were actually great things for Canada, even if Meech was not an unqualified success. My apologies if it doesn’t come out quite the way I’d intended.

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