Brian Mulroney endorses Justin Trudeau

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Who ever expected that?

The Conservatives in Ottawa are furious. Brian Mulroney is not supposed to be going around praising Justin Trudeau. After all, Trudeau is Stephen Harper's biggest political adversary.

In an interview on CTV's Power Play political affairs show Monday night,  Mulroney went out of his way to praise Justin Trudeau. And he did it so effusively, better than any Liberal so far.

"I've known Justin since he was a child. He is young, articulate, attractive - a flawlessly bilingual young man. What's not to like with this picture?"

Mulroney added a warning to Trudeau's political rivals.

"Anybody who treats Justin Trudeau with scorn or derision or underestimates him does so at his own peril," he said.

"We'll see what happens in the future; it's a long way from here to there. But no one should underestimate Justin. He is a man of some consequence. "

The Conservatives didn't know how to react. Hey sat around waiting for a signal from Harper and "the boys in shorts" in his office.

But the Conservative party social media lashed back at Mulroney.

"It's amazing what old age can do to a person," wrote one Conservative blogger.


Another wrote that after Pierre Trudeau, Brian Mulroney was the worst prime minister in Canadian history.

There could be a connection with the Oliphant inquiry of a few years ago which revealed that Mulroney had accepted brown envelopes from businessman Karlheinz Schreiber.

Subsequently Harper ordered his MPs never to have anything more to do with Mulroney.



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  • charles
    11 avril 2013 - 19:52

    I worry about this endorsement since Mulroney is so despised by the Liberals and caused the Conservatives to suffer the greatest defeat in history.

    • r mccoag
      13 avril 2013 - 18:18

      Brian Mulroney should be in Jail and endorind two ply toilet paper!

    11 avril 2013 - 16:42

    Ah! Could a day of political reckoning be around the corner to bite Stephen Harper and is bag of CON servatives in their A$$ets? Seems like it to me! Brian Mulroney is ashamed of what Stephen Harper has done to his old party. 2015 The Conservatives are going down in flames!

  • Isabel Cuerrier
    11 avril 2013 - 13:45

    Of course everyone should know that old age usually brings with it wisdom.

  • Mobidon
    11 avril 2013 - 08:26

    Payback time ....

  • Daniel
    11 avril 2013 - 00:42

    Nice try Brian... we will still vote for him - even with your endorsement.

  • Al
    10 avril 2013 - 22:59

    The conservatives of today are not the conservatives of Mulroney's time. I do not trust this bastardization of that fine old political party.

  • Jim in BC
    10 avril 2013 - 22:01

    Obviously Mulroney has dementia.

  • J.D. Lees
    10 avril 2013 - 21:43

    Mulroney didn't just accept "brown envelopes" from Schreiber. They were apparently full of money, were they not? Nor did Mulroney declare the income until on the verge of being discovered. And previously, he took a $2 million settlement from the taxpayers of Canada after indignantly declaring he had not received such payments. And Mulroney himself had asked Harper for the inquiry that ultimately found hum guilty, and then whined about how persecuted he was. The man is a disgrace, and cannot stand to be out of the limelight. His comments about the feckless Trudeau are his attempt, once again, to insert himself into the spotlight, and perhaps attempt to prevent Harper from outlasting him in the PM's office, which will happen some months before the next election in 2015.

  • Jono
    10 avril 2013 - 20:41

    Thanks to harper, Mulroney is now the second worst PM in canadian history. #stopharper

  • Bob Mullins
    10 avril 2013 - 20:08

    Just consider how Steven Harper conveniently scheduled the arrival of the PANDAS instead of being in Ottawa to see the arrival of the people from The Journey of Nishiyuu makes you wonder about what is important with this government and where they are taking us. Selling Canada to China piece by piece, i ask you WHY !

  • Observant
    10 avril 2013 - 19:54

    PowerCorp/Desmarais tentacles peut-etre? Remember Mulroney saying "There's no whore like an old whore!"? Now he's an old .. politician.

  • hollinm
    10 avril 2013 - 19:16

    Mulroney said nothing about what kind of leader Trudeau would make. Just some bland statement because their families were friends.

  • Karel Blechta
    10 avril 2013 - 19:09

    I just hope that this endorsement doesn't hurt Trudea. We ALL know what happened to Hudak because of Good Ol Rob Rod's 'Vote of Confidence'.

  • Fraser Harland
    10 avril 2013 - 18:47

    The title of this piece is deeply misleading. For Mulroney to praise Trudeau is one thing -- an endorsement is entirely different.

  • huckleberry farper
    10 avril 2013 - 18:11

    Brian Mulroney was not exactly my favourite PM. His GST stuck in my craw and his Free Trade Agreement did more harm than good, IMO. But one thing he did right was openly wish US President Obama well on his health-care reforms, for Mulroney does support universal health care. He is also very well-spoken and not afraid to talk to the press. Compared to Harper, Mulroney was...okay. I'm not all that surprised at his endorsement of Trudeau.

  • Charlotte
    10 avril 2013 - 17:24

    Good lord, I might have to start liking Brian Mulroney after all these years. Have to admit, e.g., he recognizes quality when he sees it.

  • Me
    10 avril 2013 - 17:18

    I wouldn't vote for anyone BM endorsed.

  • John Kryk
    10 avril 2013 - 17:13

    As compliments go. I think Justin Trudeau can only say that he has been called worse things by better people.

    10 avril 2013 - 16:28

    For the first time in my life.... Brian has my respect...!! All I can say is WOW........!!!

  • John G
    10 avril 2013 - 16:20

    Someone at this newspaper clearly has no idea what the difference is between a "compliment" and an "endorsement".

  • dan
    10 avril 2013 - 16:15

    Mulroney knows that 'articulate' ≠ 'intelligent'. An old-school lawyer, he has chosen his words carefully. I'm not voting for a blunt crayon.