Time To Bow Out

Canada's Mulroney makes room for a new Conservative leader

WHAT WAS A MAN TO DO? BRIAN MULRONEY, 53, had twice led his Progressive Conservative Party to victory, introduced a history-making free-trade pact with the U.S., and imposed an economically sound 7% value-added sales tax. But Canada remained mired in a deep economic recession, and a messy constitutional wrangle with Quebec lingered unresolved. Not since August 1990 had Mulroney's approval ratings passed 20%, and chances of winning a fall election seemed remote. Eight and a half years into the job, the Prime Minister said he would step aside in favor of a fresh face to lead the country.

Mulroney will yield...

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