Canada has lost a respected leader, a far-sighted visionary, a global statesman and a true Canadian champion. 

As Canada’s 18th Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Brian Mulroney was the personification of transformative leadership. He had the vision and courage to make the bold decisions that made our country and our world a better place. 

His unparalleled legacy includes transformative trade agreements, beginning with the Canada-United States Free Trade Agreement, followed by the North American Free Trade Agreement. Mr. Mulroney recognized the importance of trade for Canadian prosperity, and we have all benefitted from his determination. 

He was the architect of many other trailblazing initiatives including the Canada-U.S. Acid Rain treaty, historic tax reform, and leading international opposition to apartheid. 

Both before and after his remarkable public service, Mr. Mulroney was an internationally respected business leader – serving as President of the Iron Ore Company of Canada and, later, on the boards of storied companies such as Quebecor Inc., Barrick Gold, and Archer Daniels Midland, among others.  

After he left office he continued to be a forward-thinking leader, mentoring countless policymakers and young people and championing Canada on the world stage. 

On a personal level I will always be grateful for the time he gave me to provide guidance on how to build an even stronger Canada. My sincere condolences to Mrs. Mulroney and the entire Mulroney family. Their loss is also Canada’s loss.