Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Mulroney's Departure

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Mulroney's Departure

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BRIAN MULRONEY'S honorable and well-timed resignation as Canada's prime minister on Wednesday may mark the end of the supply-side Thatcher-Reagan era in Canadian politics, much as Bill Clinton's November victory did in the United States. It was the economy in Canada that forced Mr. Mulroney out after 10 years at the head of his party. Three years into a deepening recession he had no new plan for dealing with, Mulroney's departure gives his ruling Conservative Party time to find a viable economic program free from the doubt voters would have if Mulroney introduced it.

Canadians are understandably reluctant to have their affairs viewed in relation to their larger neighbors to the south. Certainly Canadian Conservatives are less skeptical of a government role than their US counterparts - consider Canada's health-care program or the close regulation in Ottawa of Canadian business and industry. But given the sudden burst of government activism in the US - demands for change, facing deficits, talk of taxing and cutting - it is hard not to feel US behavior has influenced the political climate in Canada. …

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