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Brian Mulroney untarnished

Former PM says Karlheinz Schreiber will not sully his legacy


 

Speaking with the CBC on the 25th anniversary of his first majority government, Brian Mulroney says he does not believe his dealings with Karlheinz Schreiber will tarnish his legacy. “I think that if you do big things, that’s what counts in history and that’s what will count here,” he said. While the former PM says he wishes he had done things differently, he feels his failings are only human. “What, do you think I’m proud of what happened? Of course not. Not at all. And if I had to do it all over again, believe me, I’d do it differently,” he said. “But, you know, I’ve found out that … by the time you’re 70 years of age, I don’t know of anybody in Canada at 70 who hasn’t made some mistake in life that he or she would rather do over again, and that includes me.”

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Brian Mulroney untarnished

  1. Is he serious?

  2. Since I have never been a fan of Muldoon's it pains me to say that in the long view of history (as oppposed to God's judgement which all that concerns Steve) I think he might be right.

    Sir John A. is "The Man who Made Us." and yet he was respnsible for what is still the biggest political scandal in Canadian history, the Pacific Scandal.

  3. That is a remarkably astute assessment. On the matter of Meech / Charlottetown, when it is politically ever a good time to resolve fundamental problems in the structure of a constitution? Yet failure to address those problems leads to a warped development of a country. It may be up historians to determine whether Quebec at that time was a boiling cauldron of discontent, and whether the risk that the process would get derailed after unanimous consent of all parties, by petty political latecomers, was worth it.

  4. That is a remarkably astute assessment. On the matter of Meech / Charlottetown, when is it politically ever a good time to resolve fundamental problems in the structure of a constitution? Yet failure to address those problems leads to a warped development of a country. It may be up historians to determine whether Quebec at that time was a boiling cauldron of discontent, and whether the risk that the process would get derailed after unanimous consent of all parties, by petty political latecomers, was worth it.

  5. That is a remarkably astute assessment. On the matter of Meech / Charlottetown, when is it politically ever a good time to resolve fundamental problems in the structure of a constitution? Yet failure to address those problems leads to the warped development of a country. It may be up historians to determine whether Quebec at that time was a boiling cauldron of discontent, and whether the risk that the process would get derailed after unanimous consent of all parties, by petty political latecomers, was worth it.

  6. That is a remarkably astute assessment. On the matter of Meech / Charlottetown, when is it politically ever a good time to resolve fundamental problems in the structure of a constitution? Yet failure to address those problems leads to the warped development of a country. It may be up historians to determine whether Quebec at that time was a boiling cauldron of discontent, and whether the risk that the process would get derailed after unanimous consent of all parties, by petty political latecomers, was worth it. Most of those contemporary assessments are still highly politicized.

  7. One thing about that whole Greenest PM thing. I believe it was only 10 people who voted and Muldoon got four of the votes. So in a first past the post election by an extremely limited electorate he now gets to say that he was Canada's Greenest PM ™.

    Please correct me if I am mistaken in the above analysis.

  8. Brian assumes he has a reputation to sully.

  9. I'm impressed – well said.

    I've always found opinions of Nixon and Mulroney to be far worse than they deserved. Yes, Nixon was an unfeeling scumbag, but besides Watergate, I really can't find that much in his administration to truly hate, at least compared to more recent Republican (and even Democratic) presidents. Mulroney's most hated aspects of his legacy – the US-Canada FTA and the GST, I actually agree with, despite being rather left-leaning and a typically supporter of the Liberal party. Maybe it's because I'm too young to have experienced their terms first-hand, but I simply can't draw up anywhere near the contempt for these individuals that my parents' generation seems to possess.

  10. The headline should read "Brian Mulroney says he does not believe his dealings with Karlheinz Schreiber could tarnish his legacy even more than it already has been" since that is not possible. Once a crook always a crook.

    How could he possibly think that in 100 years anyone will remember anything more than the fact that he accepted brown paper envelopes with hundreds of thousands of dollars cash in them from an admitted crook just days after he stepped down as prime minister?

  11. He is delusional . His ego is so enormous he cannot see clearly. Pathologically economic with the truth is this politician`s claim to fame.

  12. In semi-related news, PM Mulrooney also once said he had no dealings with Schrieber.

  13. In semi-related news, PM Mulroony also once said he had no dealings with Schrieber.

  14. St.-F.X. should take his X ring away! This guy is one big embarassment.

  15. Let's also not forget another accomplishment by the great man. He managed to run the largest deficit in Canadian history to that point, during peace time and an economic boom. It appears our current Conservative PM will outdo that record, but at lease he has the excuse in that we are at war and there is a worldwide depression going on. Cheers.

  16. ..What Legacy.?

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