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Frum grills Mulroney on free trade

It's the top office in Canada, and the person holding it can often seem larger than life. Typically, a prime minister communicates with the public via press conference or scripted speech. But when a Canadian prime minister sits down with a CBC journalist in a more intimate setting for an in-depth chat, we get a better picture of what that prime minister is really like. CBC Digital Archives has pulled together a selection of one-on-one interviews with Canadian prime ministers, from Louis St-Laurent to Stephen Harper.

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Just a few short days before the 1988 federal election, CBC-TV's Barbara Frum is sitting down with Prime Minister Brian Mulroney for a half-hour-long interview. The big topic? Free trade. It's been the main issue in this election campaign, with most Canadians holding passionate opinions on what free trade will do for the country. Frum has lots of tough questions for Mulroney. But with every answer, the feisty prime minister confidently maintains that free trade is the best possible thing for Canada's future.
• Brian Mulroney was born on March 20, 1939 in Baie-Comeau, Que.

• A member of the Progressive Conservative party, he was prime minister from Sept, 17, 1984 until June 25, 1993.

• The Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement was signed on Oct. 4, 1988, just over a month before the Canadian federal election on Nov. 21, 1988. Despite a great deal of vocal dissent from many Canadians about free trade, Mulroney won the 1988 election with a majority.

Medium: Television
Program: The Journal
Broadcast Date: Nov. 17, 1988
Guest(s): Brian Mulroney
Host: Barbara Frum
Duration: 31:42

Last updated: April 16, 2013

Page consulted on September 10, 2014

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