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Brian Mulroney
March 20, 1939 -
Nationality: Canadian
Category: Statesman
Subcategory: Canadian Statesman

Every cabinet minister gets a mission statement from the Prime Minister.


Once you articulate an agenda, you have to follow it.


If your only objective is to be popular, you're going to be popular but you will be known as the Prime Minister who achieved nothing.


It's my responsibility, and entirely my fault, Of course I regret it. It's the kind of locker-room conversation we all use, but as prime minister I shouldn't have used it.


The Conservatives over the years have done a great deal, from Sir John A, to Diefenbaker, and others.


And look, I was a big, brassy guy who won and won big. I did what I wanted.


You have to spend your political capital on great causes for your country.


We created the Cabinet Committee on the Environment to review the environmental implications of all government initiatives. I think what made us successful was the fact that it was a sustained approach. We did something new every year.


Trudeau's contribution was not to build Canada but to destroy it, and I had to come in and save it.


I can see now a vision emerging how Canada is going to profit in the future from our Arctic resources without destroying the environment on which it is all based.


Whether the process proves to be Kyoto or something else, let's acknowledge the urgency of global warming.


The biggest trading partner of the United States is not West Germany or Japan, it's right here.


First, President Reagan was not enthusiastic. But I built up a relationship with him in other areas and then persuaded him that this was important to us and to me, and that we had to at least be in the process of looking at this seriously.


We decided that the environment was an integral part of our policies and the political thrust of our government. We gave it the priority and we sustained it with the money required to make it happen.


I would go to them and I would explain this is the price of going forward. We're going to move ahead in all these other areas. We're moving ahead in tax reform and GST, we are moving ahead on trade, but this will not be done at the cost of the environment.


And, of course, the fact that Maurice Strong, a Canadian, was in charge made it important for us to pull up our socks and become leaders in this field. Now, here is a field we should be a leader in!


You accumulate political capital to spend it on noble causes for Canada. If you're afraid to spend your capital, you shouldn't be there.


You cannot name a Canadian prime minister who has done as many significant things as I did, because there are none.


I am not denying anything I did not say.


You can't be chasing 15 rabbits. Otherwise, the public mind cannot follow you.


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