The Greenest Prime Minister
Brian Mulroney was given ‘The Greenest Prime Minister’ award for his government’s various environmental initiatives between 1984 and 1993.
Mulroney is introduced at a dinner in his honor by Canadian comedy television personality Rick Mercer, Elizabeth May (now leader of the Green Party), Premier Jean Charest and Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Rick Mercer’s Introduction
Rick Mercer introduces Brian Mulroney as ‘The Greenest Prime Minister’ at an award dinner honoring his environmental achievements.
The environment has to be the ultimate non-partisan issue. For too long its been perceived as an issue of the left, and that certainly cannot continue to be. There’s just so many unfortunate stereotypes … On one hand you have the stereotype of a conservative who is strict and unforgiving. And then you have the stereotype of an environmentalist which is … nuts. But it turns out, when you merge these two stereotypes you end up with the Right Honourable Brian Mulroney.
Elizabeth May’s Introduction
Elizabeth May, then Executive Director of the Sierra Club and now leader of the Green Party of Canada, introduces Brian Mulroney.
Jean Charest’s Introduction
Jean Charest, former Mulroney Environment Minister, now Premier of Quebec, introduces Brian Mulroney.
Because of Brian Mulroney, the world got the best of Canada. And the world deserves the best of Canada again.
Stephen Harper’s Introduction
Prime Minister Harper introduces Brian Mulroney.
When Mr. Mulroney left public office in 1993, few would have predicted … that all these years later Mr. Mulroney would be honoured by he environmental movement, at head table with Sheila Copps, and introduced by a former lieutenant of the Reform party.
Brian Mulroney Accepts
Prime Minister Brian Mulroney accepts his award.
It doesn’t really matter what the process is, so long as the problem is addressed by firm national leadership. Where political will prevails, solutions will follow … So whether in the Kyoto framework or by some other means, Canada nevertheless must begin urgently reducing its own GHG [greenhouse gas] emissions.