In 2013, my dad and I travelled to Montreal to see the Canadiens play. After the game, my dad pointed out former prime minister Brian Mulroney. He asked me if I would like to go up and say hi to him. I asked my dad if he knew him, and he said that he met him once, but didn’t really know him.
We walked over and my dad started to introduce himself. Before my dad could even get his name out, Mulroney said, “Stop right there. You are Paul Deegan. You went to Loyola High School and you are friends with Ian MacDonald.” Needless to say, I was impressed. We then had a friendly chat with him and talked about the Canadiens. He went on to say that my grandfather, Martin Goldfarb, who was the Liberal pollster for Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, was a great guy, but in the wrong party. My dad took my picture with the former prime minister and we said goodbye.
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Fast forward to today. I am a Grade 12 student at Royal St. George’s College in Toronto, working on a presentation about the trading relationship between Canada and the United States, a subject in which Mulroney’s name comes up frequently. I read about his warm relationship with U.S. presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, and how our two nations became closer than ever under Mulroney’s leadership. I saw photos of Reagan and Mulroney smiling together in the White House Rose Garden.